Megan MacKenzie’s research bridges feminist theory, critical security studies, and critical development studies. Originally from Canada, 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. Megan has published dozens of articles on topics ranging from sexual violence in war, to truth and reconciliation commissions, to gender and the military. Her first book, Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone: Sex, Security and Post-Conflict Development featured interviews with over 50 female soldiers in that country and countered dominant narratives about women’s role in the civil conflict. Her most recent book, Beyond the Band of Brothers: the US Military and the Myth that Women Can’t Fight, has garnered international attention and widespread praise. The book has been reviewed or cited by the Washington Post, New York Times, Mother Jones, Stars and Stripes and the Atlantic,- and Foreign Affairs called it a rigorous contribution to the debates on women in combat.
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Megan’s selected recent media work includes:
- 2017, CSPAN, Women in Combat talk, March 3
- 2017, Article for The 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 School Gender 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 of Massachusetts Consortium 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)
- ABC Late Night Live Radio ‘Females on the frontline‘, 17 August 2015
- Foreign Affairs, ‘True Grit: The Myths and Realities of Women in Combat‘, 12 August 2015
- Washington Post opinion piece extensively citing Beyond the Band of Brother’s 6 May 2015
- C-Span coverage of her presentation at the WIIS event ‘Women in Combat, Where they Stand 25 April 2015
- BBC Radio interview on the topic of American women in combat, 24 January 2013 (Begins at 30min:30sec).
- ‘Let Women Fight – Ending the U.S. Military’s Female Combat Ban’, Foreign Affairs, 23 January 2013.
- ‘Overdue: Why It’s Time to End the U.S. Military’s Female Combat Ban’, The Daily Beast, 26 Oct 2012.
- NZ military offers lessons for Australian transition’, ABC Radio Interview, 18 January 2012.
- ‘The Pentagon still needs a face lift’, American Review Magazine, 2012.