Dr Megan Mackenzie

Senior Lecturer

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 9529

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Biographical details

MacKenzie’s research bridges feminist international relations, critical security studies and development studies. Her book, Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone: Sex, Security, and Post-Conflict Development examines women’s participation in the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone and the challenges and insecurities they faced during the post-conflict reintegration process. MacKenzie is also working on a collaborative project focused on the impacts of transitional justice mechanisms. In particular, the project looks at the long-term effects of the truth and reconciliation commission in Sierra Leone and the extent to which it achieved its lofty objectives.

Before joining the department, MacKenzie was a lecturer of International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. In 2009 she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Belfer Center for International Security and the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Research interests

  • Feminist international relations
  • International Security
  • Critical/Post International Development
  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • Transitional Justice

Teaching and supervision

Current Courses
  • GOVT2336 - Gender and Human Rights
  • GOVT6210 - Special Topics in International Studies
  • GOVT6304 - Development and World Politics

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2014

  • Women in Combat: a comparative analysis of removing the combat exclusion; MacKenzie M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

Selected publications

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Books

  • MacKenzie, M. (2012). Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone: Sex, Security and Post-Conflict Development. New York: New York University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Mackenzie, M. (2009). Securitization and De-Securitization: Female Soldiers and the Reconstruction of Women in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone. In Laura Sjoberg (Eds.), Gender and International Security. Routledge.

Journals

  • MacKenzie, M. (2013). On 'Women in Battle'. Parameters (Carlisle).
  • MacKenzie, M. (2013). Women in combat: beyond 'can they?' or 'should they?': Introduction. Critical Studies on Security, 1(2), 239-242. [More Information]
  • Bevan, M., MacKenzie, M. (2012). 'Cowboy' Policing versus 'the Softer Stuff'. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 14(4), 508-528. [More Information]
  • MacKenzie, M. (2012). Let Women Fight: Ending the US Military's Female Combat Ban. Foreign Affairs, 91(6), 1-6.
  • Ben-Josef Hirsch, M., MacKenzie, M., Sesay, M. (2012). Measuring the impacts of truth and reconciliation commissions: Placing the global 'success' of TRCs in local perspective. Cooperation and Conflict, 47(3), 386-403. [More Information]
  • MacKenzie, M., Sesay, M. (2012). No Amnesty from/for the International: the Production and Promotion of TRCs as an International Norm in Sierra Leone. International Studies Perspectives, 13(2), 146-163. [More Information]
  • Mackenzie, M. (2011). Their Personal is Political, Not Mine: Feminism and Emotion. International Studies Review (Print), 13(4), 691-693.
  • Mackenzie, M. (2010). De-Securitizing Sex: War Rape and the Radicalization of Development in Sierra Leone. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 12(2). [More Information]
  • Mackenzie, M. (2010). Women, Gender and Contemporary Armed Conflict. The International Studies Compendium Project.
  • Mackenzie, M. (2009). Empowerment Boom or Bust? Assessing Women's Post-Conflict Empowerment Initiatives. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 22(2). [More Information]
  • Mackenzie, M. (2009). Securitization and Desecuritization: Female Soldiers and the Reconstruction of Women in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone. Security Studies (Quarterly), 18(2), 241-261. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Mackenzie, M. (2009). Violent Women, War Porn and International Politics: Making the Links. 50th International Studies Association Annual Conference ISA 2009, United States: International Studies Association.
  • Mackenzie, M. (2008). Sex and Security in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone. 49th International Studies Association Annual Conference, San Francisco: International Studies Association.
  • Mackenzie, M. (2008). The Tyranny of Empowerment: Post-Conflict and the Reconstruction of the Neoliberal Subject. 49th International Studies Association Annual Conference, San Francisco: International Studies Association.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • MacKenzie, M. (2013). The Pentagon still needs a face lift. American Review, May.

2013

  • MacKenzie, M. (2013). On 'Women in Battle'. Parameters (Carlisle).
  • MacKenzie, M. (2013). The Pentagon still needs a face lift. American Review, May.
  • MacKenzie, M. (2013). Women in combat: beyond 'can they?' or 'should they?': Introduction. Critical Studies on Security, 1(2), 239-242. [More Information]

2012

  • Bevan, M., MacKenzie, M. (2012). 'Cowboy' Policing versus 'the Softer Stuff'. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 14(4), 508-528. [More Information]
  • MacKenzie, M. (2012). Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone: Sex, Security and Post-Conflict Development. New York: New York University Press.
  • MacKenzie, M. (2012). Let Women Fight: Ending the US Military's Female Combat Ban. Foreign Affairs, 91(6), 1-6.
  • Ben-Josef Hirsch, M., MacKenzie, M., Sesay, M. (2012). Measuring the impacts of truth and reconciliation commissions: Placing the global 'success' of TRCs in local perspective. Cooperation and Conflict, 47(3), 386-403. [More Information]
  • MacKenzie, M., Sesay, M. (2012). No Amnesty from/for the International: the Production and Promotion of TRCs as an International Norm in Sierra Leone. International Studies Perspectives, 13(2), 146-163. [More Information]

2011

  • Mackenzie, M. (2011). Their Personal is Political, Not Mine: Feminism and Emotion. International Studies Review (Print), 13(4), 691-693.

2010

  • Mackenzie, M. (2010). De-Securitizing Sex: War Rape and the Radicalization of Development in Sierra Leone. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 12(2). [More Information]
  • Mackenzie, M. (2010). Women, Gender and Contemporary Armed Conflict. The International Studies Compendium Project.

2009

  • Mackenzie, M. (2009). Empowerment Boom or Bust? Assessing Women's Post-Conflict Empowerment Initiatives. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 22(2). [More Information]
  • Mackenzie, M. (2009). Securitization and De-Securitization: Female Soldiers and the Reconstruction of Women in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone. In Laura Sjoberg (Eds.), Gender and International Security. Routledge.
  • Mackenzie, M. (2009). Securitization and Desecuritization: Female Soldiers and the Reconstruction of Women in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone. Security Studies (Quarterly), 18(2), 241-261. [More Information]
  • Mackenzie, M. (2009). Violent Women, War Porn and International Politics: Making the Links. 50th International Studies Association Annual Conference ISA 2009, United States: International Studies Association.

2008

  • Mackenzie, M. (2008). Sex and Security in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone. 49th International Studies Association Annual Conference, San Francisco: International Studies Association.
  • Mackenzie, M. (2008). The Tyranny of Empowerment: Post-Conflict and the Reconstruction of the Neoliberal Subject. 49th International Studies Association Annual Conference, San Francisco: International Studies Association.

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