Deviarchy A Conscious Challenge to Repressive Rule

One Drop of Blood

One Drop of Blood

A fictionalized account of torture, and the intrusive search for information. We surrendered to the Army in waves. There was a palpable relief that one act of the horror show in the theater of war was over. But we were terrified of our saviors. Exhaustion…

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@ViceNews: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Violent Politics of Peace

@ViceNews: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Violent Politics of Peace

Whether we struggle to see women as violent actors, or to see peaceful women as supporting violence – we miss the complex politics of women. This analysis looks at the reasons why we are hesitant to critique Myanmar’s Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu…

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Of Hijabs and Hoodies: Solidarity Against State Violence

Of Hijabs and Hoodies: Solidarity Against State Violence

On November 1st, the African American Policy Forum hosted a town hall, “In Plain Sight: Engendering the Fight for Racial Justice.” The event asked students, activists, scholars and policymakers to build a common platform for social justice. The event posed a simple question — in…

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Women and War: USC Lecture

Women and War: USC Lecture

Please see a video of a recent lecture I delivered at the University of Southern California, through USC Spectrum. The lecture covers female fighters in Sri Lanka and ISIS, and draws on women’s narratives to challenge our understandings of gender and violence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnRCSWebWdY&index=1&list=PLTZlxrrWM-vZITWaZFhar30GqbSPv28Nh

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In Conversation with Gloria Steinem

In Conversation with Gloria Steinem

Last night’s conversation with Gloria Steinem and Ruchira Gupta (Apne Aap Founder) centered around the Politics of Sexual Violence. Among other things we probed a broader phenomenon of an addiction to dominance, how to move beyond gender constructions and binary analyses (victim vs. agent) when…

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RECENT MEDIA APPEARANCES : CNN, MSNBC, BBC

RECENT MEDIA APPEARANCES : CNN, MSNBC, BBC

MSNBC’s (August 22) The Cycle http://www.msnbc.com/the-cycle/watch/isis-promotes-female-terror-brigades-321107011533 CNN (August 29) www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2014/08/29/tsr-dnt-todd-women-of-isis.cnn.html BBC World Radio (August 25th) Audio Link

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@Foreign Affairs: Women in ISIS

@Foreign Affairs: Women in ISIS

A policy snapshot examining the role of repression for female fighters, especially the Al-Khansaa Brigade of the IS movement in Iraq and Syria. Full piece available at foreignaffairs.com. Please see also the follow up conversation on MSNBC’s The CYCLE on August 21st, where I joined…

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Her Own Room: Gloria Steinem, M.I.A., and Kimberle Crenshaw

Her Own Room: Gloria Steinem, M.I.A., and Kimberle Crenshaw

  A few concerned and curious women and men gathered in a salon-like setting in the home of pioneering American feminist, Gloria Steinem, to hear the latest collection of stories detailing the violence that women, everywhere, face. Amongst a Nobel laureate, UN officials, activists, and…

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ART: Chitra Ganesh “An Eye That Cannot Cry..”

ART: Chitra Ganesh “An Eye That Cannot Cry..”

This piece, “Ganesh Melancholia”,  is contributed by visual artist Chitra Ganesh, courtesy of supportive galleries. Her images evoke tragedy situated in powerful representations of South Asian women — as moments and memories of their lives intersect with violence. Many thanks for this evocative imagery that…

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@Monkey Cage: Red Pottus, Black Burqas: Identity Markers In Sri Lanka’s Extremist Violence

@Monkey Cage: Red Pottus, Black Burqas: Identity Markers In Sri Lanka’s Extremist Violence

Muslim or not, women are hiding indoors in many parts of Sri Lanka today. Rumors that a bus full of members of the extremist Buddhist party – “Bodu Bala Sana” (BBS) is down the street spread through neighborhoods in whispers, since most cell phones are…

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