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Professor Cynthia Enloe

Cynthia Enloe

Cynthia Enloe is Research Professor of International Development and Women's Studies at Clark University in Massachusetts, where she has taught for the last thirtyfive years and received the university's "Outstanding Teacher Award." Cynthia grew up on Long Island, outside New York, and attended Connecticut College when it was still an all-women's university. After working briefly in publishing, she attended the University of California at Berkeley, where she received her PhD in Political Science. She has been an invited professor at the University of Wales, Aberyswyth, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, and the University of Bristol.

Cynthia's initial research on Southeast Asian politics, especially the politics of Malaysia, led her to consider ethnic politics more broadly, leading to an investigation of ethnic and racial politics inside militaries and police forces around the world. The result was Ethnic Soldiers, published by Penguin in 1980. Soon after she began to explore the interactions of women, ethnicity and militaries, which in turn led her to research militarization processes in civilian as well as military settings. This research has led to several books, the most recent being Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics (1990, 2000), Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives (2004), The Curious Feminist (2004) and Globalization and Militarization: Feminists Make the Link (2007). Her newest book will be published later this year by University of California Press: Nimo's War, Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War.