SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Women in Diplomacy: Bertha Lutz Prize Lecture with Professor Sylvia Bashevkin

Professor Sylvia Bashevkin (University of Toronto)

Date: 14 October 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 14 October 2019Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT, SOAS

Type of Event: Lecture

Women as Foreign Policy Leaders: Evaluating U.S. National Security and Feminist Politics since 1980

2019 Bertha Lutz Prize winner Professor Sylvia Bashevkin asks what do we know about women’s participation in political executive roles? How useful are theories concerning gender and leadership to research on contemporary foreign policy elites? Which types of methodological approaches seem best suited to the study of national security and feminist politics among political executives? What conclusions can we draw from the available data? This presentation addresses each question in turn, drawing on the cases of four senior foreign policy decision-makers appointed by US presidents since 1980: Jeane Kirkpatrick, Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Sylvia Bashevkin is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her primary research focus is gender and politics, notably women’s impact as public leaders. ​ She is the author most recently of Women as Foreign Policy Leaders, a comparative study of four American decision-makers since the Reagan years, published in fall 2018 in the Oxford University Press series called Studies in Gender and International Relations. Her edited volume on women premiers in the Canadian provinces and territories was published in spring 2019 by UBC Press. ​ For her work as a champion of women’s voices in research and academic leadership, Sylvia Bashevkin was named in 2005 to Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award by the Women’s Executive Network. She has served as president of the Canadian Political Science Association, president of the women and politics research section of the American Political Science Association and principal of University College, the founding college of the University of Toronto.

About the Bertha Lutz Prize

To honour Dr. Bertha Lutz, leading Pan America feminist and instrumental figure in securing the inclusion of Article 8 in the UN Charter, the Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy and The Diplomatic Studies Section (DPLST) of the International Studies Association (ISA) founded the Bertha Lutz Prize for research on women in diplomacy.

CISD awarded the inaugural Bertha Lutz Prize for Women in Diplomacy to Profesor Ann Towers of the University of Gothenburg during the 2018 International Studies Association (ISA) conference in San Francisco in April 2018.

You can read more about the prize here.

Organiser: CISD

Contact email: cisd@soas.ac.uk