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Dr Harriet Gray



Harriet joined the Department as a Lecturer in International Relations in September 2017. Prior to this, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Gothenburg, working on a study of conflict-related sexual violence in the African Great Lakes Region. Harriet completed her PhD at the London School of Economics and Politics Science in 2015, where her thesis focused on domestic violence in the British military community.

Harriet’s research interests fall within the overlapping fields of critical military studies, critical war studies, and feminist IR. Her work has appeared in journals including Gender, Place and Culture; Feminist Review; and International Feminist Journal of Politics; and in 2015 her article in Feminist Studies was awarded the journal’s Graduate Student Essay Award. Harriet is an Associate Editor of the journal Critical Military Studies.

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Harriet’s research focuses primarily on sexual and gender-based violence in military and conflict spaces. Empirically, her research to date has been based primarily on qualitative interviews conducted in two distinct sites: the British Armed Forces, and refugee populations in Kampala, Uganda. Harriet’s main interests lie in unpacking the gendered processes through which various harmful acts come to be understood (or, do not come to be understood) as ‘violence,’ as ‘sexual and gender-based violence’ and as ‘conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence’ – and in the political implications of these definitional processes. Her work seeks to draw intra-active connections between multiple forms of violence which are understood to take place at various levels from the intimate to the geopolitical.

Harriet’s broader research interests also include militarism and militarisation; military families; nationalism and citizenship; masculinities and vulnerability; migration; the UN’s Women, Peace and Security Agenda; and feminist methodologies in the study of International Relations.

PhD supervision

Harriet is interested in supervising PhD projects focused on conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence, military families, gender and militarisation, and/or other topics in critical military studies.



  • The Politics of Gender - POL00053I
  • Gender, War and Militarism - POL00056H

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Dr Harriet Gray
Department of Politics
University of York
Heslington Lane
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 322640


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