About Associate Professor Megan Mackenzie
Research interests include: Critical Military Studies; Images and International Relations; International Security; Critical/Post International Development; Post-conflict reconstruction
MacKenzie's research bridges feminist international relations, critical security studies and development studies. Her current research focuses on gendered myths associated with war, including the band of brothers myth. Her most recent book, Beyond the Band of Brothers: the US Military and the Myth that Women Can't Fight has been heralded as an important contribution to policy debates on women in combat. Her previous 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 part of an international collaborative project led by Professor Lene Hansen on Images and International Security.
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.