Christine Sylvester


Political Science

Critical International Relations, War as Experience, Critical Development Theory and Practice (focus on Africa)

Christine Sylvester is professor of political science and of women’s studies at UConn and is affiliated with the School of Global Studies, The University of Gothenburg Sweden. A native of Connecticut, she also holds Australian citizenship and has worked extensively outside the USA, including at the Australian National University (Canberra), The Institute of Social Studies (The Hague, Netherlands), and Lancaster University (UK). She was awarded the Swedish Research Council’s Kerstin Hesselgren Professorship for Sweden for 2010-2011. Other recent awards include a Leverhulme fellowship at the School of Oriental and African Studies, The University of London; the Susan Northcutt Award of the International Studies Association (ISA); Eminent Scholar of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of the ISA; the inaugural Ann Tickner Award of the ISA, and ISA Vice-President. She was also named one of Fifty Key Thinkers in International Relations, Martin Griffiths, Steven Roach, M. Scott Solomon, eds. (Routledge, 2008), and has regularly given lectures at the United Nations University, Tokyo. Her most recent research and writings are on the state of theory in International Relations, war as experience, and art/museums and international relations. She is the editor of the Routledge book series: War, Politics, Experience. In 2014 Lund University awarded her an honorary doctorate in the social sciences.

Recent Publications:

Recent Books

Masquerades of War, editor (London: Routledge, 2015)

War as Experience: Contributions from International Relations and Feminist Analysis (Routledge, 2013).

Experiencing War, editor (Routledge, 2011).

Feminist International Relations: The Key Works, editor of 5 volumes (Routledge, 2010).

Art/Museums: International Relations Where We Least Expect It (Paradigm, 2009).

Earlier Books

Feminist International Relations: An Unfinished Journey (Cambridge University Press, 2002)

Producing Women and Progress in Zimbabwe (Heinemann, 2000).

Feminist Theory and International Relations in a Postmodern Era (Cambridge University Press, 1994).

Zimbabwe: The Terrain of Contradictory Development (Westview, 1991).

Transformations in the Global Political Economy, co-editor (St. Martin’s, 1990).

Recent Articles

“Contending with Women and War,” Politics and Gender, 11, 3, 2015: 586-596.

“Neorealist Reductionisms,” Australian Journal of Political Science, 49, 3, 2014: 547-552.

“TerrorWars: Boston/Iraq,” Critical Studies on Terrorism 7,1, 2014: 11-23.

Christina Hellmich, “Reply to Christine Sylvester, ‘Terrorwars: Boston, Iraq’: an examination of differences between counter-terrorism and war as seen through the Iraqi experience of occupation”, Critical Studies on Terrorism, 7, 3, 2014.

Christine Sylvester, “Let’s Not Jump (Over) the Guns: response to Christina Hellmich,” Critical Studies on Terrorism, 7, 3, 2014. [Link]

“Experiencing the End and Afterlives of IR,” European Journal of International Relations, 19, 3, 2013: 599 -616.

“The Elusive Arts of Reflexivity in the “Sciences” of IR,” Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 41, 2, 2013: 209-225.

“Passing American Security,” International Studies Perspectives, 14, 4, 2013: 444-446.

“Experiencing War: A Challenge for IR,” Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 26, 4, 2013: 669-674.

“War Experiences/War Practices/War Theory,” Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 40, 3, 2012: 480-503.

Forum: Emotion and the Feminist IR Researcher, editor, International Studies Review, 13, 4, 2011: 687-708.

“Tensions in Feminist Security Studies,” Security Dialogue, 41, 6, 2010: 607-614.

Recent Chapters

“Creativity” in Aoileann Ni Mhurchu and Reiko Shindo, eds. Critical Imaginations in IR (Routledge), 2016.

“Will IR Be Quite So Abstract in the Future?” in Ken Booth and Toni Erskine, eds. International Relations Theory Today and in the Future (Pennsylvania State University Press), 2016.

“Avoiding the ‘Killing’ of Lives: representations in academia and fiction,” in Studying the Agency of Being Governed, Stina Hansson, Sofie Hellberg with Maria Stern, eds. (Routledge, 2014): 64-74.

“Post-colonialism,” in Steve Smith, John Baylis, and Patricia Owens, eds. The Globalisation of World Politics, 5th (2010) and 6th editions (Oxford University Press –Oxford Textbooks in International Relations), 2013:184-197.

“Power, Security, and Antiquities,” in Jenny Edkins and Adrian Kear, International Politics and Performance: Critical Aesthetics and Creative Practice (Routledge, 2013): 203-220.

“Development and Postcolonial Takes on Biopolitics and Economy, in Jane Pollard, Cheryl McEwan, Alex Hughes, eds. Postcolonial Economies: Rethinking Material Lives (Zed, 2011): 185-204.

“Feminism(s) Troubling the Boundaries of IR,” ISA Compendium project, University of Michigan Press and online at ISA, 2010.

“The Contemporary ‘Mahabharata’ and the Many ‘Draupadis’: Bringing Gender to Critical Terrorism Studies,” with Swati Parashar, in Richard Jackson, Marie Breen Smyth, Jeroen Gunning, eds. Critical Terrorism Studies (Routledge, 2009):178-193.

Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-0453
Office LocationOak Hall 430
Office HoursTh 12:30-1:30pm and 4-4:30pm (in the Humanities Institute)