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Prof Caron Gentry


Head of the School of International Relations

Researcher profile

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Caron's main research is gender and terrorism. Her most recent book is Disordered Violence: How Gender, Race, and Heteronormativity Structure Terrorism (Edinburgh University Press, 2020).  Her other publications include Mothers, Monsters, Whores (Zed, 2007) and its revised second edition, Beyond Mothers, Monsters, Whores (Zed, 2015) both co-written with Laura Sjoberg.  Her articles on gender and terrorism have been published in Terrorism and Political ViolenceCritical Studies on Terrorism, Critical Studies on SecurityInternational RelationsInternational Feminist Journal of Politics, among others. 

Caron also writes on feminist political theology. Her monographs in this area include This American Moment: A Feminist Christian Realist Intervention (Oxford University Press, 2018) and Offering Hospitality (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013).  She has articles in International Affairs, the International Feminist Journal of Politics and Journal of International Relations and Development

She is on the editorial boards for the International Feminist Journal of Politics and Critical Studies on Terrorism.  Caron has also chaired the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of the International Studies Association and the International Studies Association-West region.


  • Critical Terrorism Studies (IR3064)
  • Gender and Terrorism (IR4542)
  • Gender and Terrorism (IR5042)
  • Critical Security Studies (IR5061)

Research areas

Caron has two main interrelated research areas. The first is gender and terrorism, in which she explores not just the gendered nature of women?s participation in political violence and the narratives that surround them, but how terrorist violence is constructed within gender, race, and heteronormative structures. Her second research focus is feminist political theology in which she articulates an alternative to Christian Realism: feminist Christian Realism.

PhD supervision

  • Leo Nwoye
  • Antonia Niehuss

Selected publications


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