Kerry Crawford

Kerry Crawford

ESIA Rm 501Q


Major — International Relations

Minor — Comparative Politics

Kerry Crawford is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in the Department of Political Science writing a dissertation on the ways in which states, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations respond to rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution, exploitation, and other forms of sexual violence in war. The project, entitled "Punctuated Silence: Variation in the International Response to Wartime Sexual Violence", looks at the development of an international prohibition of wartime sexual violence and aims to explain the international community’s inconsistent response to wartime sexual violence in the past two decades.

In addition to her dissertation, Kerry has an ongoing project on women in peacekeeping and the ways in which the United Nations can promote greater gender equality (and mitigate the perverse consequences of all-male peacekeeping forces) through the provision of incentives to troop-contributing countries. An article Kerry co-authored with colleague Julia Macdonald was published in the winter 2013 edition of Air and Space Power Journal. In addition, Kerry has co-authored a second article on this topic and it is currently under review.

Kerry has been a Teaching Assistant for introductory seminars in International Relations and American Politics and an upper division course on international organizations at GWU. She has also worked as a research assistant on several faculty projects. In Summer 2012, Kerry taught PSC 2990, Gender, War, and Peace. Kerry held a predoctoral fellowship from the Global Gender Program at the Elliott School of International Affairs during the 2012-2013 academic year. In Fall 2013 Kerry is teaching IAFF 3190, Gender, War, and Peace as a senior seminar course in the Elliott School of International Affairs.

In addition to coursework, Kerry received methodological training from the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (June 2010) and attended the Journeys in International Politics workshop (November 2011). Kerry also completed a year-long course on Teaching Writing in the Discipline during the 2012-2013 academic year.

She has presented her research and working papers during American Political Science Association (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and International Studies Association (2013) conferences and various workshops in the Washington, DC area.

Before attending graduate school at GWU, Kerry worked in the grants and contracts department of the International Youth Foundation, an international non-profit organization that assists youth organizations abroad with health, education, civic engagement, and employability projects.

Kerry wrote an undergraduate thesis at St. Mary's College on gender bias in China and India entitled "The Disappearing Female" and presented her research at professional and undergraduate political science conferences in 2006 and 2007.

CV, working papers, teaching evaluations and course syllabi are available upon request. (

Kerry’s Global Gender Current blog posts

Kerry’s web page

Current Research

Gender and war; sexual violence in war; United Nations peacekeeping operations; post-conflict reconstruction; United Nations gender mainstreaming; women in peacekeeping; multilateral military operations and interventions; international law; international cooperation; human security; human rights; comparative and international approaches to sexual violence.


B.A. St. Mary's College of Maryland


Forthcoming- November 2013. “From Spoils to Weapons: Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War.” Gender & Development.

2013. “Establishing a Marketplace of Women in Peacekeeping: An analysis of gender mainstreaming and its viability in United Nations peacekeeping operations.” Air and Space Power Journal—Africa and Francophonie 4(1): 80-96. With Julia Macdonald.

2006. “The Disappearing Female: An Analysis of the Changing Sex Ratios in China and India.” Open Water 2(1): 1-7. 

Office Hours

By appointment.

Classes Taught

IAFF 3190- Gender, War, and Peace (Fall 2013)

PSC 2990- Gender, War, and Peace (Summer 2012)