Sept. 3, 2019

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination's Project on Gender in the Global Community is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 Student Fellows Program. Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to apply. The theme for this year’s fellowship is “Gender and Security,” and fellows will be selected through a competitive application process. Applications for the program should be submitted to Beth English ( and Barbara Buckinx ( by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 27. Selected fellows will be notified by Sunday, September 29. The first meeting of the fall semester will be held on Wednesday, October 2, at 12:15 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 Gender in the Global Community (GGC) broadly examines the functioning of gendered structures and norms in the international system. The research agenda and related activities of GGC 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 is an integral complement to this work. Student fellows will be chosen from a variety of departments and programs and will meet twice monthly on Wednesdays 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 fellowship year, students will have the opportunity present their research projects in a public forum, and their work will be considered for internal publication. To date, GGC fellows have annually participated in a student research day with peers across the University, as well as with peers from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. A selection of student research papers from the 2017-18 academic year has been published in LISD’s Student Research Series, and second volume of research papers from the 2018-19 academic year is forthcoming. 

GGC Student Fellows Program Directors

Beth English is director of the Liechtenstein Institute's Project on Gender in the Global Community. She is a lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program, and is also an instructor with Princeton University’s Prison Teaching Initiative. She received her Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary, where she was a Glucksman Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor, and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

English's 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: Perspectives on Gender and Work in the Global Economy (with Mary E. Frederickson and Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama); 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), and “La mort de Dixie? (The Death of Dixie?)” (Politique Américaine, with co-author Bryant Simon). Her article, "'I . . . Have a Lot of Work to Do': Cotton Mill Work and Women's Culture in Matoaca, Virginia, 1888-1895" was recognized as one of the Organization of American Historians' Best American History Essays of 2008 (David Roediger, ed.). 

As director of the Project on Gender in the Global Community, English oversees the Institute’s initiatives on women, peace and security; women’s economic security; children and armed conflict; and gender inclusive responses to sexual- and gender-based violence. Around these issues, English has organized and chaired several policy workshops, and frequently presents at symposia and conferences.

Barbara Buckinx is the Director of the Project on Self-Determination and Emerging Issues at LISD, and is a lecturer in public and international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School. She received her PhD in Politics from Princeton University in 2010. Buckinx also holds MA and MSc degrees in Psychology and Social and Political Theory, both from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to returning to Princeton, she was a pre-doctoral fellow with the Political Theory Project at Brown University, a Justitia Amplificata and Kassel Foundation post-doctoral fellow at Goethe University Frankfurt, and a Fellow with the Center on Global Justice at the University of California, San Diego.

Her research interests lie in global governance, migration, refugees, citizenship, and borders. Her teaching interests also include the environment and gender. Her work has appeared in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Migration Studies, Ethics & International Affairs, and Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric. Her article on “The case against removal: Jus noci and harm in deportation practice” (co-authored, A. Filindra) was the Winner of the 2015 Migration Studies Prize for Best Article. She is co-editor of Domination and Global Political Justice: Conceptual, Historical, and Institutional Perspectives (Routledge, 2015) and is writing a manuscript that investigates the problem of the unrestrained and potential exercise of power in global politics.

Buckinx will teach a Junior Policy Task Force in fall 2019, has recently taught Junior Research Seminars on immigration policy (WWS 403, WWS 404), and guest lectured for seminars on sustainability and climate engineering. She is Reviews Editor for the journal Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric and co-convener of the international Normative Theory of Immigration Working Group. She also chairs the selection committee for the annual Jonathan Trejo-Mathys Essay Prize, which is co-sponsored by The Global Justice Network and the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College.