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The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220

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Evolution, Sex, and War

February 15, 2018

5:30 PM
5:00 PM Reception

AgriLife Center
556 John Kimbrough Blvd
College Station, Texas


Event description

Drs. Valerie Hudson, Khandis Blake, and Rose McDermott will give a presentation on the key problem facing men—finding trustworthy male allies to ensure their own physical security—and how that quest so profoundly harms women, in addition to making the entire society fragile, predatory, and violent.


Speaker Biographies

Rose McDermottRose McDermott is the David and Mariana Fisher University Professor of International Relations at Brown University and a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She received her PhD (Political Science) and MA (Experimental Social Psychology) from Stanford University and has taught at Cornell, UCSB and Harvard. She has held fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and the Women and Public Policy Program, all at Harvard University. She has been a fellow at the Stanford Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences twice. She is the author of four books, a co-editor of two additional volumes, and author of over two hundred academic articles across a wide variety of disciplines encompassing topics such as experimentation, emotion and decision making, and the biological and genetic bases of political behavior.


Dr. Valerie HudsonDr. Valerie Hudson joined the faculty of the Bush School in 2012 as the George H.W. Bush Chair. An expert on international security and foreign policy analysis, as well as gender and security, she received her PhD in political science at The Ohio State University and comes to Texas A&M University from a senior faculty position at Brigham Young University. Hudson directs the Bush School’s Program on Women, Peace, and Security.

In 2009, Foreign Policy named her one of the top 100 Most Influential Global Thinkers. Her co-authored book, Bare Branches: Security Implications of Asia’s Surplus Male Population, and the research it presents, received major attention from the media with coverage in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, BBC, CNN, and numerous other outlets. The book also received two national book awards. Her co-authored book is Sex and World Peace, published by Columbia University Press and named by Gloria Steinem as one of the top three books on her reading list. Her most recent book, with Patricia Leidl, is The Hillary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy, published in June 2015. Hudson was also recently named a Distinguished Scholar of Foreign Policy Analysis by the International Studies Association.

Dr. Hudson has developed a nation-by-nation database on women, the WomanStats Database (http://womanstats.org), that has triggered both academic and policy interest (the latter includes its use by both the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and various agencies of the United Nations). Using this data, Hudson and her co-principal investigators from The WomanStats Project have published a wide variety of empirical work linking the security of women to the security of states, with research appearing in International Security, the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Peace Research, Political Psychology, and Politics and Gender.

Dr. Hudson offers courses on women and nations (the foundations course for the Women, Peace, and Security concentration), foreign policy analysis, and a capstone on Women, Peace, and Security. Throughout her career, Dr. Hudson has demonstrated a strong commitment to collaboration with other scholars both in her own field and in other disciplines, and received significant research grants, including grants from the US Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative and the National Science Foundation, to support her work in international affairs. Her research and teaching experience is also complemented by three major teaching awards and numerous research awards, and she has recently been awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. Hudson was also a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the Australian National University in early 2017.

Hudson served as vice president of the International Studies Association for 2011-2012. She is a founding editorial board member of Foreign Policy Analysis, and also serves or has served on the editorial boards of The American Political Science Review, Politics and Gender, and International Studies Review. More information can be found on her professional website, http://vmrhudson.org.


Dr. Khandis BlakeDr. Khandis Blake is an expert on the psychology of gender relations, who combines insights from evolutionary biology, social psychology, and psychoneuroendocrinology to understand conflict and competition amongst men and women. Her work focuses on how ecological conditions such as income inequality and gender parity affect things like female sexualization, intimate partner violence, and sexism. To accomplish these aims, she runs experiments on human participants and utilizes big social media data. Her PhD research took a biological and social-psychological approach to understanding female agency and was awarded three international and two national prizes for research excellence. She was recently featured on ABC’s Growing Up Gracefully and works as a postdoctoral research associate in the Evolution & Ecology Research Centre. She completed undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate degrees at the University of Melbourne, Australia (2008; 2011; 2013) and her PhD from the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.


Contact

(979) 845-6510
bushschoolscowcroft@tamu.edu

Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220


Contact

(979) 845-6510
bushschoolscowcroft@tamu.edu

Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220


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