The Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights has been located at the University of Massachusetts Boston since 2009, when the Center for Gender, Security and Human Rights was created as the Consortium's UMass institutional home.  We are privileged to have the benefit of working with two advisory boards, the original Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights Advisory Board and a UMass Boston Center for Gender, Security and Human Rights Advisory Board.

Consortium Advisory Board

Aaron Belkin
Professor of Political Science, San Francisco State University

Aaron Belkin is a Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University, founder and director of the Palm Center, and author of Bring Me Men: Military Masculinity and the Benign Facade of American Empire, 1898-2001 and How We Won, Progressive Lessons From the Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (e-book). He has been one of the nation’s leading advocates on the gays-in-the-military issue for more than a decade, and is now running a research and public education campaign on transgender military service.

Amani El-Jack
Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Dr. El Jack's research, teaching and policy engagement traverse socio-economic, political and cultural interrogation of the gendered fields of globalization; forced migration; militarized femininities and masculinities and post-conflict reconstruction processes. Some of her recent publications include a book manuscript, under contract by Ashgate entitled, Militarized Commerce: Gender Dimensions of Transnational Migration in South Sudan; “Protracted Refugees: Why Gender Matters?” (2012). In Transatlantic Cooperation on Protracted Displacement: Urgent Needs and Unique Opportunity. J. Calabrese and J. Marret. (ed.) Middle East Institute: Washington DC, pp. 335-344; and “Education is My Mother and Father” (2011). Refuge Journal, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 19-29.

Cynthia Enloe
Research Professor of International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University

Cynthia Enloe has chaired both Political Science and Women’s Studies at Clark University.  Her feminist teaching and research have focused on the interplay of women’s politics in the local, national and international arenas, with special attention to women in globalized factories (especially sneaker factories) and to diverse women’s experiences of, ideas about and actions in wars and militarized cultures. She has had Fulbrights in Malaysia and Guyana, and guest professorships in Japan, Britain and Canada, as well as lecturing in Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Germany, Korea, Turkey and at universities around the U.S., and is the winner of numerous professional awards.  Her works have been translated into Spanish, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, and German. She has written for Ms. Magazine and appeared on National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, and the BBC.

Enloe’s fourteen books include Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women’s Lives (2004), The Curious Feminist (2004), Globalization and Militarism (2007), and Nimo’s War, Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War (2010). She co-authored with Joni Seager, The Real State of America: Mapping the Myths and Truths about the United States (2011).  Her newest book is Seriously! Investigating Crashes and Crises as if Women Mattered (2013). Her new, thoroughly up-dated edition of Bananas, Beaches and Bases is available July, 2014.

Dyan Mazurana
Associate Research Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and Research Director of Gender, Youth and Community at the Feinstein International Center

Dyan Mazurana is also the Cathy Cohen Lasry Visiting Professor of Comparative Genocide Studies at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University. Mazurana’s areas of specialty include women, children and armed conflict, documenting serious crimes committed during conflict, and accountability, remedy and reparation. Her books include Research Methods in Conflict Settings: A View From Below (Cambridge University Press, 2013) with Karen Jacobsen and Lacey Gale, After the Taliban: Life and Security in Rural Afghanistan (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008) with Neamatollah Nojumi and Elizabeth Stites; Gender, Conflict, and Peacekeeping (Rowman & Littlefield 2005) with Angela Raven-Roberts and Jane Parpart; and Where are the Girls? Girls in Fighting Forces in Northern Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Mozambique (Rights & Democracy, 2004) with Susan McKay.

Mazurana works with a variety of governments, UN agencies, human rights and child protection organizations regarding improving efforts to assist youth and women affected by armed conflict, including those associated with fighting forces. She has written training materials regarding gender, human rights, armed conflict, and post-conflict periods for civilian, police, and military peacekeepers involved in UN and NATO operations, and contributed to materials now widely used to assist in documenting serious violations and abuses against women and girls during conflict and post-conflict reconstruction periods. Her current research focuses on efforts of war affected communities to heal (physically, mentally, spiritually), rebuild individual and societal relations, and restore moral boundaries in the midst or aftermath of extreme violence. Within this work, she has a strong focus on documenting serious crimes suffered and the necessary remedy and reparation for survivors that support recovery and healing.

J. Ann Tickner
Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the School of International Service at the American University

J. Ann Tickner is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the School of International Service at the American University and Professor Emerita at the University of Southern California. sidence at the American University. Her principle areas of research include international theory, peace and security, and feminist approaches to international relations. Her books include Gender in International Relations: Feminist Perspectives on Achieving International Security (1992), Gendering World Politics: Issues and Approaches in the Post-Cold War World (2001), Feminist International Relations: Conversations about the Past, Present and Future, ed. with Laura Sjoberg (2011) and A Feminist Voyage through International Relations (2013).  She served as President of the International Studies Association from 2006-2007.


Katharine H.S. Moon
Edith Stix Wasserman Professor of Asian Studies; Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College

Katharine H.S. Moon is Professor of Political Science and the Wasserman Chair in Asian Studies at Wellesley College.  She is a graduate of Smith College and Princeton University. She authored Protesting America: Democracy and the U.S.-Korea Alliance and Sex Among Allies: Military Prostitution in U.S.-Korea Relations and other publications on the U.S. military in Asia, U.S.-East Asia foreign policy, women and gender in international relations, as well as democratization and social movements in Asia.  Moon was named one of the top Asia scholars in the U.S. She served in the Department of State and consults for think tanks, NGOs, and the media.

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