Project on Women in the Global Community Now Accepting Applications for 2017-18 Student Fellows (Application Deadline: September 22)

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination's Project on Women in the Global Community is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Student Fellows Program. Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to apply. The theme for this year’s fellowship is “Gender, Law, and Security,” and fellows will be selected through a competitive application process. Applications must be submitted to fellowship program directors Beth English and Barbara Buckinx via email by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017. The first meeting for selected applicants will be held on Tuesday, October 3, from 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Established in 2010 in response to the growing recognition of and research interest in myriad connections between gender equality and security, LISD’s Project on Women in the Global Community (WGC) broadly examines women’s participation and the functioning of gendered structures and norms in the international system. The research agenda and related activities of WGC work to bring issues of gender inclusion and equality to the fore in broader dialogues about sustainable development, state building, economic and political participation, negotiation and mediation, peace, and security.

The Student Fellows Program will be an integral complement to this work. Student fellows will be chosen from a variety of departments and programs and will meet twice monthly on Tuesdays during the lunch hour throughout the academic year. The monthly meetings will combine discussions of readings and students’ ongoing research, with presentations by invited scholars, policy makers, civil society representatives, and governmental and diplomatic practitioners. Student fellows will have significant joint input in the content and direction of these meetings.

Over the course of the year, fellows are expected to pursue independent, academically rigorous research. During the spring semester, students may be invited to present their work at the symposium, “Gender, Law, and Constitutions: Engaging the Next Generation of Stakeholders,” an annual meeting convened by UN Women and the United States Institute of Peace that brings together an international group of scholars, students, and practitioners. Past presentations at this symposium have focused on a wide range of topics, from gender equality in practice as an indicator of conflict, and gender inclusion in the UN’s Women, Peace and Security agenda, to marriage equality, national and global reproductive rights, violence against women, conditions affecting women refugees, equal access to education, and LGBTQ rights.

WGC Student Fellows Program Directors

Beth English is director of the Liechtenstein Institute's Project on Women in the Global Community. She received her Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary, where she was subsequently a Glucksman Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor. She has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

As director of the Project on Women in the Global Community, English oversees the Institute’s initiatives on Women, Peace and Security; Women’s Economic Security; Children and Armed Conflict; and Prevention of Sexual- and Gender-Based Violence. Around these issues, English has organized and chaired several policy workshops, and frequently presents at symposia and conferences. Her research and teaching focus on gender, historical and contemporary labor and working class issues, global economy, and the U.S. and Global Souths. She is the co-editor of Global Women's Work in Transition (with Mary E. Frederickson and Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama, forthcoming, Routledge); author of A Common Thread: Labor, Politics, and Capital Mobility in the Textile Industry; and a contributing author to several edited volumes focusing on gender and on the U.S. South. Her recent articles include, “Global Women’s Work: Historical Perspectives on the Textile and Garment Industries” (Journal of International Affairs).

Barbara Buckinx is Associate Research Scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She completed her Ph.D. in Politics in 2010. Buckinx spent two years at Brown University as a research associate, and was a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Advanced Studies "Justitia Amplificata" at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Goethe University Frankfurt.

Buckinx's research interests lie in global governance, migration, citizenship, and borders, and her primary focus is on vulnerable populations in the state and the global order. Her work has appeared in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics & International Affairs, and Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric. Her recent publications include, Domination and Global Political Justice: Conceptual, Historical, and Institutional Perspectives (edited with J. Trejo-Mathys and T. Waligore), and  "The case against removal: Jus noci and harm in deportation practice" (with A. Filindra, Migration Studies), winner of the 2015 Migration Studies Best Article Prize.