Caron E Gentry, Senior lecturer

Biography

Caron's main research is gender and terrorism. Her 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 Violence, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Critical Studies on Security, International Relations, International Feminist Journal of Politics, among others. 

Caron also writes on feminist political theology. In this area, her publications include a monograph, Offering Hospitality (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013), and articles in the International Feminist Journal of Politics and Journal of International Relations and Development (forthcoming). 

She is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the International Feminist Journal of Politics. Caron has also chaired the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of the International Studies Association and the International Studies Association-West region.

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 also gendered.

Her second research focus is feminist political theology in which she articulates an alternative to Christian Realism: feminist Christian Realism.

Publications

Books

  • 2015 (with Laura Sjoberg)Beyond Mothers, Monster, Whores: Thinking About Women’s Violence in Global Politics. London: Zed Books.
  • 2013 Offering Hospitality: Questioning Christian Approaches to War. Fort Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.
  • 2007 (with Laura Sjoberg) Mothers, Monsters, Whores: Women’s Violence in Global Politics. London: Zed Books.

Edited volumes

  • 2014 (with Amy Eckert) The Future of Just War: New Critical Essays. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.
  • 2011 (with Laura Sjoberg) Women, Gender, and Terrorism. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.

Journal articles

  • “Anxious Politics: Creativity and Feminist Christian Realism,” Journal of International Relations and Development
  • 2017 “The ‘Duel’ Meaning of Feminization in International Relations,” Global Responsibility to Protect, 9(1).
  • 2016 “The Mysterious Case of Aafia Siddiqui: Reading Gothic Ambivalence in the War on Terror,” Millennium—Journal of International Studies, 45(1).
  • 2016 “Feminist Christian Realism: Vulnerability, Obligation, and Power Politics,” International Feminist Journal of Politics, 18(3).
  • 2015 “Epistemological Failures: Everyday Violence in the West,” Critical Studies on Terrorism, 8(3).
  • 2015 “Anxiety and the Creation of the Scapegoated Other,” Critical Studies on Security, 3(2).
  • 2011 (with Kathryn Whitworth) “The Discourse of Desperation: The Intersections of neo-Orientalism, Gender and Islam in the Chechen Struggle,” Critical Studies on Terrorism, 4(2).
  • 2009 “Twisted Maternalism: From Peace to Violence,” International Feminist Journal of Politics, 11(2).
  • 2008 (with Laura Sjoberg) Profiling Terror: Gendering the Strategic Logic of Suicide Terror and Other Narratives,” Austrian Journal of Political Science, Issue 2.
  • 2008 (with Laura Sjoberg) “Reduced to Bad Sex: Narratives of Violent Women from the Bible to the War on Terror,” International Relations, 22(1).
  • 2004 “The Relationship between New Social Movement Theory and Terrorism Studies: The Role of Leadership, Membership, Ideology and Gender,” Terrorism and Political Violence, 16(2).

Book chapters

  • 2016 “Gender and Terrorism,” Jennifer Pedersen, Simona Sharoni, Linda Steiner and Julia Welland, eds. Handbook on Gender and War. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • 2016 “Religious Approaches to Peace through Non-Violence,” in Oliver Richmond, Sandra Pogodda, and Jasmin Ramovic, eds. Dimensions of Peace: Disciplinary and Regional Approaches. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2016 “A Critical Discourse Analysis of Desperation in the Chechen Conflict,” in Annick Wibben, ed. Researching War: Feminist Methods, Ethics, and Politics. London: Routledge.
  • 2016 (with Laura Sjoberg) “Female Terrorism and Militancy,” in Richard Jackson, ed. The Routledge Handbook on Critical Terrorism Studies. London: Routledge.
  • 2014 (with Laura Sjoberg) “Terrorism and Political Violence,” in Laura Shepherd, ed. Gender Matters (2nd Edition). London: Routledge.
  • 2014 “Epistemic Bias: Non-State Actors and Just War’s Legitimate Authority,” The Future of Just War: New Critical Essays. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.
  • 2013 “Jus ad Bellum,” Ethics Section, International Studies Association Compendium Project. London: Blackwell.
  • 2011 (with Laura Sjoberg) “Gendering Women’s Terrorism in Historical Perspective,” in Women, Gender, and Terrorism. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.
  • 2011 “The Neo-Orientalist Narrations of Women’s Involvement in Al Qaeda,” in Women, Gender, and Terrorism. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.
  • 2011 “The Committed Revolutionary: A Conversation with Leila Khaled,” in Women, Gender, and Terrorism. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.                                                     
  • 2009 “Women as Agents of Violence,” Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section, International Studies Association Compendium Project. London: Blackwell.
  • 2009 “The Necessity of Popular Support: Locke, Al Qaeda, and the War on Terror,” in Laura Sjoberg and Amy Eckert, eds. Old Solutions to New Problems: Rethinking Security for 21st Century. London: Zed Books.

Teaching

Modules

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

Research students

First supervisor

  • Rebecca Wilson
  • Mya Alexander-Owens
  • Rabea Khan
  • Christiana Spens

Second supervisor

  • Katarina Birkedal
  • Leo Nwoye
  • Dayyab Gillani
  • Zhanibek Arynov

PhD supervision topics

Topics include:

  • Gender and terrorism
  • Feminist security studies
  • Feminist political theology and theory.