About me

Megan MacKenzie is a Senior Lecturer of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is a former post-doctoral fellow with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University. Working through feminist security studies, development studies, and international relations, her research interests include the combat exclusion for women, gender and the military, the aftermaths of war- including disarmament processes and the impacts of sexual violence, and transitional justice.

Her first book Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone: Sex, Security and Post-Conflict Development came out in August 2012 with New York University Press. Other publications include “Securitization and Desecuritization: Female Soldiers and “The Reconstruction of Women in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone,” in Security Studies and “Securitizing Sex? Towards a Theory of the Utility of Wartime Sexual Violence,” in the International Feminist Journal of Politics.

Megan’s current work on gender and the role of mythology, popular movies, and icons in shaping American military identity is funded with a Discovery Early Career Research Award from the Australian Research Council. Her book, Beyond the Band of Brothers: the US Military and the Myth that Women Can’t Fight is coming out in June 2015 with Cambridge University Press.

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