Readings and Films

[A] = Amiry, Suad. Sharon and My Mother-in-Law: Ramallah Diaries. Anchor, 2006. ISBN: 9781400096497.

[R] = Ritchie, Elspeth Cameron, and Anne L. Naclerio, eds. Women at War. Oxford University Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780190620004.

The table below contains the required readings and films for the course.

1 Introduction No readings or films assigned
2 9/11's Gendered Aftermath


Espinoza, Galina, Thomas Fields-Meyer, et al. "Small Blessings." People 57, no. 7 (2002).

Miller, Kay. "The Invisible Women Firefighters of Ground Zero," Star Tribune – Minneapolis, January 13, 2002.

Tapia, Ruby C. "Breeding Patriotism: The Widows of 9/11 and the Prime-time Wombs of National Memory." Chapter 5 in American Pietàs: Visions of Race, Death and the Maternal. University of Minnesota Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780816653119.


"Part of the 9/11 Story was Missing,"

3 Perpetrators


Cohen, Dara Kay. "Female Combatants and the Perpetration of Violence: Wartime Rape in the Sierra Leone Civil War." World Politics 65, no. 3 (2013): 383–415.

Richter-Montpetit, Melanie. "Empire, Desire, and Violence: A Queer Transnational Feminist Reading of the Prisoner 'Abuse' in Abu Ghraib and the Question of 'Gender Equality'." International Feminist Journal of Politics 9, no. 1 (2007): 38–59.

Sjoberg, Laura, and Caron E. Gentry. "Gendered Perpetrators of Genocide." Chapter 6 in Mothers, Monsters, Whores: Women's Violence in Global Politics. Zed Books, 2007. ISBN: 9781842778661. [Preview with Google Books]


The Reader. Directed by Stephen Daldry. Color, 124 min. 2008.

4 Soldiers


[R] Horoho, Patricia D. "Foreword."

[R] Hellwig, Heather D., and Paulette T. Cazares. Chapter 7: Women, Ships, Submarines, and the US Navy.

[R] Canuso, Amy. Chapter 9: Human Sexuality and Women in the Area of Operations.

[R] ———. Chapter 11: Mothers in War.

[R] Tinney, Glenna, and Melissa E. Dichter. Chapter 15: Intimate Partner Violence, Military Personnel, and Veterans.

Goldstein, Joseph. "U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies," New York Times, September 20, 2015.

Suggested Readings

Broadbent, Lucy. "Rape in the US Military: America's Dirty Little Secret," The Guardian, December 9, 2011.

Bumiller, Elisabeth, and Thom Shanker. "Pentagon Is Set to Lift Combat Ban for Women," New York Times, January 23, 2013.

5 Rape as a Weapon


Gottschall, Jonathan. "Explaining Wartime Rape." Journal of Sex Research 41, no. 2 (2004): 129–36.

Hayden, Robert M. "Rape and Rape Avoidance in Ethno-National Conflicts: Sexual Violence in Liminalized States." American Anthropologist 102, no. 1 (2000): 27–41.

MacKinnon, Catharine A. "Rape, Genocide, and Women's Human Rights." Harvard Women's Law Journal 17 (1994): 5–16.


Women, War, & Peace, Episode 1: I Came to Testify. Directed by Gini Reticker. Color, 52 min. 2011.

6 Peace Activism


Burgin, Say. "Understanding Antiwar Activism as a Gendering Activity: A Look at the U.S.'s Anti-Vietnam War Movement." Journal of International Women's Studies 13, no. 6 (2012): 18–31.

Frazier, Jessica M. "Collaborative Efforts to End the War in Viet Nam: The Interactions of Women Strike for Peace, the Vietnamese Women's Union, and the Women's Union of Liberation, 1965–1968." Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research 37, no. 3 (2012): 339–65.

Laware, Margaret L. "Circling the Missiles and Staining Them Red: Feminist Rhetorical Invention and Strategies of Resistance at the Women's Peace Camp at Greenham Common." NWSA Journal 16, no. 3 (2004): 18–41.


Suggested Reading

Weiner, Lauren. "Where Have All the Lefties Gone?" First Things 199 (2010): 29–35.

7 Sterilization, Reproduction, Transmission


Ben-Sefer, Ellen. "Forced Sterilization and Abortion as Sexual Abuse." Chapter 10 in Sexual Violence against Jewish Women during the Holocaust. Edited by Sonia M. Hedgepeth and Rochelle G. Saidel. Brandies, 2010. ISBN: 9781584659051.

Ekmekcioglu, Lerna. "A Climate for Abduction, a Climate for Redemption: The Politics of Inclusion during and after the Armenian Genocide." Comparative Studies in Society and History 55, no. 3 (2013): 522–53.


Grandma's Tattoos. Directed by Suzanne Hardalian. Color, 47 min. 2012.

8 War as Daily Life



Beinin, Joel, and Lisa Hajjar. This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader."Palestine, Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, A Primer." (PDF), Middle East Research and Information Project.

Map of Israeli settlements in West Bank, the Americans for Peace Now Map Project.


TedX Talks. "TEDXRamallah—Suad Amiry—My work My Hobby. Simply Look Inside You Never at Others." June 26, 2011. YouTube.

Suggested Film

One Day After Peace. Directed by Erez Laufer and Miri Laufer. Color, 86 min. 2012.

9 Revolution and Dis/Misplacement


Botshon, Lisa, and Melinda Plastas. "Homeland In/Security: A Discussion and Workshop on Teaching Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis." Feminist Teacher 20, no. 1 (2009): 1–14.

Cleveland, William L. "The Iranian Revolution and the Resurgence of Islam." Chapter 20 in A History of the Modern Middle East. 3rd ed. Westview Press, 2004. ISBN: 9780813340487.

Satrapi, Marjane. The Complete Persepolis. Pantheon, 2007. ISBN: 9780375714832.

———. "Veiled Threat," The Guardian, December 12, 2003.

10 Representations


Carpenter, R. Charli. "'Women, Children and Other Vulnerable Groups': Gender, Strategic Frames and the Protection of Civilians as a Transnational Issue." International Studies Quarterly 49, no. 2 (2005): 295–334.

Gullace, Nicoletta F. "Sexual Violence and Family Honor: British Propaganda and International Law during the First World War." American Historical Review 102, no. 3 (1997): 714–47.

Schick, Irvin Cemil. "Christian Maidens, Turkish Ravishers: The Sexualization of National Conflict in the Late Ottoman Period." Chapter 10 in Women in the Ottoman Balkans: Gender, Culture and History. Edited by Amila Buturovic and Irvin Cemil Schick. I. B. Tauris, 2007. ISBN: 9781845115050.

Torchin, Leshu. "Ravished Armenia: Visual Media, Humanitarian Advocacy, and the Formation of Witnessing Publics." American Anthropologist 108, no. 1 (2006): 214–20.

11 Theories of War and Gender


Enloe, Cynthia. "Foreword: Gender Analysis Isn't Easy." In Women and Wars: Contested Histories, Uncertain Futures. Edited by Carol Cohn. Polity, 2012. ISBN: 9780745642451.

Cohn, Carol. "Women and Wars: Toward a Conceptual Framework." Chapter 1 in Women and Wars: Contested Histories, Uncertain Futures. Edited by Carol Cohn. Polity, 2012. ISBN: 9780745642451.

Goldstein, Joshua S. "A Puzzle: The Cross-Cultural Consistency of Gender Roles in War." Chapter 1 in War and Gender: How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa. Cambridge University Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780521001809. [Preview with Google Books]

12 Student Paper Presentations No readings or films assigned