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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Thursday, April 09, 2020 - Evening Program
Sex Ratios, Brideprice, Polygyny: The Link to Conflict and Instability
Valerie Hudson

Does undermining the security of women undermine the security of the nation-states in which they live? Micro- and macro-analysis says yes, but ofttimes the causal mechanisms underlying that linkage are left vague. Valerie Hudson, professor of international relations and and director of Program on Women, Peace and Security at Texas A & M, will offer three case studies—abnormal and contrived sex ratios favoring males, brideprice, and polygyny—that show how the subordination and oppression of women produces instability for the nation-state and consequences for international relations.

Valerie M. Hudson is professor and holds the George H.W. Bush Chair in the department of international affairs at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, where she directs the Program on Women, Peace, and Security. Her research includes foreign policy analysis, security studies, gender and international relations, and methodology. Hudson is one of the principal investigators of The WomanStats Project which includes the largest compilation of data on the status of women in the world today. Winner of numerous teaching awards and recipient of a National Science Foundation research grant and a Minerva Initiative grant, she was recently named a Distinguished Scholar of Foreign Policy Analysis by the International Studies Association. She is the author/co-author of “Sex and World Peace,” “The Hillary Doctrine,” Foreign Policy Analysis,” “Bare Branches,” and (forthcoming) “The First Political Order: Sex, Governance, and National Security.”

Professor Hudson is the 2020 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar and her Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at CMC. Her lecture is also part of the Women in Security series at the Athenaeum this spring.