Student Fellows in LISD's Project on Gender in the Global Community presented their year-long research projects at a day-long research day on Friday, December 6, 2019. The presentations were made as part of an research day with students of Professor Yasmine Ergas, Director of the Program in Gender and Human Rights of Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. LISD's students presented their research projects undertaken as part of their participation in the Gender in the Global Community student fellowship in "Gender, Law, and Security." SIPA's students presented their research projects undertaken as part of the course "Gender, Globalization, and Human Rights." This was the second combined research day for both groups of students, and the third annual research day for GGC fellows.
LISD students focused on a broad range of issues including deradicalization and reentry policy for women and children returnees from Syria, DDR policies for female fighters in post-conflict Nepal, the intersection of gender and drug trafficking policies in the United States, the gendering of "natural security," and mainstreaming the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in a variety of domestic contexts. SIPA students focused their research presentations on gender policies of authoritarian movements and governments and the counter movements that have evolved in response, focusing on France, Egypt, and India as case studies.
The Student Fellows Program is an integral complement to work undertaken as part of LISD's Project on Gender in the Global Community. Student fellows are chosen annually from a variety of departments and programs and meet twice monthly on Tuesdays during the lunch hour throughout the academic year. The monthly meetings combine discussions of readings and students’ ongoing research, with presentations by invited scholars, policy makers, civil society representatives, and governmental and diplomatic practitioners. Over the course of the year, fellows pursue independent, academically rigorous research. It is co-convened by Beth English, director of the Project on Gender in the Global Community, and Barbara Buckinx, director of the Project on Self-Determination and Emerging Issues.
A selection of research papers by the 2018-19 cohort of Gender in the Global Community student fellows is currently in production. An earlier selection of GGC fellows' work was published as the first volume of LISD's Student Research Series in summer 2018.