Ph.D., Penn State University, 2005
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I am a feminist political geographer concentrating on conflict and security and spaces of aid/development in South and Southwest Asia. I am particularly interested in understanding the spatial organization and corporeal representations and experiences of security, military operations, and International aid & development in conflict zones.
My doctoral research focused on the use of public and private space by the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), a clandestine feminist-nationalist organization. My interest in this organization was sparked through my interactions with their international supporters network in the United States. I compared how this organization operates and represents itself internationally through the use of the Internet and its geographic placement and operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan. RAWA's feminist politics remains unconventional within an Afghan context, while their methods for disseminating their sociopolitical beliefs expanding their organization relies on conventional methods such as social reproduction and educational indoctrination.
My post-doctoral research project examined the spatial arrangements, interactions, and gender roles within the international "community" in Kabul, Afghanistan in comparison with the "local" Afghan population. The geopolitics and geo-economics associated with the placement of International workers and their interactions with Afghans were central to this project. I also became increasing interested in the differentiated methods used by Afghans and internationals to provide for their own security in spaces increasingly beset by political violence and a general state of insecurity.
My current research focuses on the geopolitics and geo-economics of gender, security, and violence. This project will examine the gendered geographies of security and violence through three interrelated aspects of bio-politics: biometrics, bio-technologies, and gender-based military operations. I am interested in understanding the interconnected links between the various technologies associated with preventative security, enacting or mitigating violence, and reconstructing bodies injured by violence. For this project I seek to examine the ways in which bodies are differentially classified and categorized by States and corporations through the use of bio-technologies and the how these classifications are gendered and spatially organized. This project will also examine the ways in which bio-technologies are used to reconstruct the injured body and how these reconstructions create new forms of political meaning, social value, and economic opportunities.
2012 "Capitalizing on Bare Life: Sovereignty, Exception, and Gender Politics" Antipode. 44(1): 31-50.
2011 "Bodies, Bombs, and Barricades: Gendered Geographies of (In)Security" Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 36(3): 280-296.
2011 Armored Peacocks and Proxy Bodies: Gender & Geopolitics in Aid/Development Spaces" Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 18 (4): 519-536.
2011 "The Corporeal Marker Project: bodily difference, identity, and place" Journal of Geography in Higher Education (Co-authored with Amy Trauger).- Fall 2011
2009 "'Foreign Passports Only': Geographies of (Post)Conflict Work in Kabul, Afghanistan" Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 99(5): 986-994.
2009 "Geopolitics of Gender and Violence from Below" Political Geography, 28: 259-265.
2009 "The Beautiful 'Other': A Critical Examination of 'Western' Representations of Afghan Feminine Corporeal Modernity" Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 16(3): 241-256.
2008 "Feminist Nation Building in Afghanistan: An examination of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)" Feminist Review, 89: 34-54.
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