Professor Megan Mackenzie

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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

Current research students

Project title Research student
The Pleasures of War Jacqueline DENT
Female Combatants: Agents in Conflict and Peace Keshab GIRI

In the media

2017, CSPAN, Women in Combat talk, March 3

2017, Article forThe Conversation, How a special ‘band of brothers’ culture leads to civilian deaths in war,’ July 13

2017, ‘Women in Combat: Does Integration Lead to Equality?’ talk, Harvard Kennedy SchoolGender and Security Seminar Series

2017 New York Military Affairs Symposium talk on Beyond the Band of Brothers

2017, ‘U.S. Military Band of Brothers Culture and the Combat Exclusion for Women in a Trump Era,’ University ofMassachusettsConsortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights

2017 Belvoir Theatre ‘Where Do Ideas Come From?’ talk for Clear Spot Club. Read more here

2016 Sydney Writer’s Festival Curiosity Series Presentation

January 2016 Interview with Mother Jones

2015 The World Today ABC, ‘Women in US to Serve in all Combat Roles’

2015 Raising the Bar Sydney: GI Jane on the Front Line. Listen here

September 6, 2015 feature article in Stars and Stripes

666 ABC Canberra Mornings interview, 25 August 2015 (Begins at 1h:31)

Selected Invited Presentations

Invited to present at the Harvard Kennedy School on women and combat as part of a series honoring former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Cambridge MA November 2017

Invited to present in the New York Military Association Symposium (NYMAS) lecture series (covered by CSPAN), New York City, February 2017

Invited to present at the Boston Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights, Boston, MA, February 2017

Invited to give a keynote presentation on my book Beyond the Band of Brothers at the Association of the United States Army Annual Conference, Washington DC October 2015.

Selected Grants

Bodies as Battleground: Gender Images and International Security. Danish Council for Independent Research $ 1,163834. Directed by Professor Lene Hansen.

Women in Combat: a Comparative Analysis of Removing the Combat Exclusion. 2014. Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

Primary Researcher: Megan MacKenzie

Images and International Security, Danish Council for Independent Research $1,408,203.00
Director and primary researcher: Lene Hansen

Women and Post-conflict Transformation: Lessons of the Past, Implications for the Future, United States Institute for Peace Annual Grant, $112,372.00
Directors: Joyce Kaufman and Kristen Williams

'Images and International Security' project. Uni of Copenhagen lead institution, USyd researcher Megan MacKenzie collaborator.; MacKenzie M; University of Copenhagen/Department of Political Science Research Support

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected publications

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Books

  • MacKenzie, M. (2015). Beyond the Band of Brothers: The US Military and the Myth that Women Can't Fight. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • MacKenzie, M. (2012). Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone: Sex, Security and Post-Conflict Development. New York: New York University Press.

Book Chapters

  • MacKenzie, M. (2017). Disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration and the poetics of slavery in Sierra Leone. In Joyce P. Kaufman and Kristen P. Williams (Eds.), Women, Gender Equality, and Post-Conflict Transformation: Lessons Learned, Implications for the Future, (pp. 146-159). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Hills, C., MacKenzie, M. (2017). Women in Non-State Armed Groups After War: The (non) Evolution of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration. In Rachel Woodward, Claire Duncanson (Eds.), The Palgrave International Handbook of Gender and the Military, (pp. 455-471). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • MacKenzie, M. (2016). Gender and Post-Conflict Security. In S Sharoni, J Welland, L Steiner, J Pedersen (Eds.), Handbook on Gender and War, (pp. 483-503). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [More Information]
  • Mackenzie, M. (2011). Ruling expectations: female soldiers and everyday experiences of civil conflict. In Christine Sylvester (Eds.), Experiencing War, (pp. 64-78). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Mackenzie, M. (2010). Securitization and de-securitization: Female soldiers and the reconstruction of women in post-conflict Sierra Leone. In Laura Sjoberg (Eds.), Gender and International Security: Feminist perspectives, (pp. 151-167). London, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Mackenzie, M. (2010). Women, Gender and Contemporary Armed Conflict. In Robert A. Denemark (Eds.), The International Studies Encyclopedia, (pp. 7482-7498). West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Baldi, G., Mackenzie, M. (2007). Silent Identities: children born of war in Sierra Leone. In Charli Carpenter (Eds.), Born of War: protecting children of sexual violence survivors in conflict zones. Kumarian Press.

Journals

  • MacKenzie, M. (2018). Will Letting Women Fight Fix Gender Inequality? Foreign Affairs, Snapshot(23 April 2018).
  • MacKenzie, M., Foster, A. (2017). Masculinity nostalgia: How war and occupation inspire a yearning for gender order. Security Dialogue, 48(3), 206-223. [More Information]
  • MacKenzie, M. (2015). True Grit: the Myths and Realities of Women in Combat. Foreign Affairs, , 1-11.
  • MacKenzie, M. (2013). On 'Women in Battle'. Parameters (Carlisle), 43(2), 128-132.
  • 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). Feminist Security Studies: A Narrative Approach (Book Review). Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 19(4), 585-587. [More Information]
  • Mackenzie, M. (2011). Their Personal is Political, Not Mine: Feminism and Emotion. International Studies Review, 13(4), 691-693. [More Information]
  • Mackenzie, M. (2010). De-Securitizing Sex: War Rape and the Radicalization of Development in Sierra Leone. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 12(2), 202-221. [More Information]
  • MacKenzie, M. (2009). Empowerment Boom or Bust? Assessing Women's Post-Conflict Empowerment Initiatives. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 22(2), 199-215. [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.

Report

  • Haring, E., MacKenzie, M. (2015). Exclusive Access to Marine Corps Study Shows it Misses the Mark. [More Information]

2018

  • MacKenzie, M. (2018). Will Letting Women Fight Fix Gender Inequality? Foreign Affairs, Snapshot(23 April 2018).

2017

  • MacKenzie, M. (2017). Disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration and the poetics of slavery in Sierra Leone. In Joyce P. Kaufman and Kristen P. Williams (Eds.), Women, Gender Equality, and Post-Conflict Transformation: Lessons Learned, Implications for the Future, (pp. 146-159). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • MacKenzie, M., Foster, A. (2017). Masculinity nostalgia: How war and occupation inspire a yearning for gender order. Security Dialogue, 48(3), 206-223. [More Information]
  • Hills, C., MacKenzie, M. (2017). Women in Non-State Armed Groups After War: The (non) Evolution of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration. In Rachel Woodward, Claire Duncanson (Eds.), The Palgrave International Handbook of Gender and the Military, (pp. 455-471). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2016

  • MacKenzie, M. (2016). Gender and Post-Conflict Security. In S Sharoni, J Welland, L Steiner, J Pedersen (Eds.), Handbook on Gender and War, (pp. 483-503). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [More Information]

2015

  • MacKenzie, M. (2015). Beyond the Band of Brothers: The US Military and the Myth that Women Can't Fight. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Haring, E., MacKenzie, M. (2015). Exclusive Access to Marine Corps Study Shows it Misses the Mark. [More Information]
  • MacKenzie, M. (2015). True Grit: the Myths and Realities of Women in Combat. Foreign Affairs, , 1-11.

2013

  • MacKenzie, M. (2013). On 'Women in Battle'. Parameters (Carlisle), 43(2), 128-132.
  • 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). Feminist Security Studies: A Narrative Approach (Book Review). Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 19(4), 585-587. [More Information]
  • Mackenzie, M. (2011). Ruling expectations: female soldiers and everyday experiences of civil conflict. In Christine Sylvester (Eds.), Experiencing War, (pp. 64-78). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Mackenzie, M. (2011). Their Personal is Political, Not Mine: Feminism and Emotion. International Studies Review, 13(4), 691-693. [More Information]

2010

  • Mackenzie, M. (2010). De-Securitizing Sex: War Rape and the Radicalization of Development in Sierra Leone. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 12(2), 202-221. [More Information]
  • Mackenzie, M. (2010). Securitization and de-securitization: Female soldiers and the reconstruction of women in post-conflict Sierra Leone. In Laura Sjoberg (Eds.), Gender and International Security: Feminist perspectives, (pp. 151-167). London, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Mackenzie, M. (2010). Women, Gender and Contemporary Armed Conflict. In Robert A. Denemark (Eds.), The International Studies Encyclopedia, (pp. 7482-7498). West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

2009

  • MacKenzie, M. (2009). Empowerment Boom or Bust? Assessing Women's Post-Conflict Empowerment Initiatives. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 22(2), 199-215. [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]
  • 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.

2007

  • Baldi, G., Mackenzie, M. (2007). Silent Identities: children born of war in Sierra Leone. In Charli Carpenter (Eds.), Born of War: protecting children of sexual violence survivors in conflict zones. Kumarian Press.

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