Dr. Elise Carlson-Rainer


Podcast with Dr. Elise Carlson-Rainer, Doctoral Faculty, School of Security and Global Studies, American Public University and Dr. Serena Cosgrove, Assistant Professor, Seattle University

Security studies scholarship and research too often overlooks how conflict impacts women and diverse gender identities differently. In this podcast, American Public University Doctoral Faculty Dr. Elise Carlson-Rainer and Seattle University Professor Dr. Serena Cosgrove examine how women experience conflict differently.

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Throughout the discussion, they analyze how discrimination, poverty and socialization of gender impacts human and global security. This podcast is for doctoral and undergraduate level students to help them understand the nexus of gender and conflict. The gendered language of war, justification of conflict based on protecting women, and considerations of gender in peacekeeping missions are the central topics of discussion.

About the Speakers

Dr. Elise Carlson-Rainer serves as Assistant Professor of International Relations in the School of Security and Global Studies at American Public University. She is a former U.S. diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor. Dr. Carlson-Rainer also worked with the U.S. Mission to the UN and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in the field of human rights and foreign policy.

Dr. Serena Cosgrove is an Assistant Professor in International Studies at Seattle University where she teaches classes such as Understanding Global Poverty, Conflict and Revolution in Central America, and Research Methods for International Studies. Dr. Cosgrove’s research applies an intersectional lens to leadership and agency in response to exclusion and repression in Central America and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Check out her book Understanding Global Poverty: Causes, Capabilities, and Human Development (Routledge 2017).