Gender Analysis in International Studies


About The Field

The Gender Analysis in International Studies Field uses micro, meso and macro-level gendered theory and analyses to illuminate and engage directly with systems and institutions of political, military, social, economic, legal and cultural power. The field examines gender roles and relations as a form of power to organize authority, institutions, rights, responsibilities, access to resources and life options. While theories and analysis of the politics of femininity and masculinity are privileged, other key factors that influence and intersect with gender are also examined, including ethnicity, race, religion, class or caste, religion, sexual orientation and disability. The field is interdisciplinary in its formation, scholarly focus and practice. Completion of the field will enable students to carry out theoretically grounded, gender-informed research, analysis and design within their professional careers. To complete the field, a student may select from a variety of courses offerings. Courses in the Field will enable students to develop critical and comparative approaches that illuminate the gendered dimensions of a range of key issues within: Armed Conflict and War; Natural Disaster; Forced Migration; Security; Human Security; Humanitarian Action; Peace Operations; Peace Building; International Criminal Law; Development Economics; Non-violent Resistance. Students have the option of completing additional courses to receive a Certificate in Gender Analysis in International Studies. Read more about Gender and Analysis and Women's Leadership at Fletcher.

Students should refer to the Registrar's Field of Study Guide for definitive field requirements in a given academic year.

Students & Alumni

Roxanne Krystalli, The Fletcher School
Dallin VanLeuven, The Fletcher School
Kirsten Zeiter, The Fletcher School
Roxanne Krystalli
MALD 14, PhD
PhD Candidate
Humanitarian Evidence Program Manager
Feinstein International Center
Dallin VanLeuven
Countering Violent Extremism Analyst
Search for Common Ground
Kirsten Zeiter
Program Officer for Gender, Monitoring and Evaluation
National Democratic Institute (NDI)

Outside the Classroom

  • Conference on Gender and International Affairs, December 2015.
  • Dr. Kimberly Theidon and Dr. Maria Stephan, “Inaugural Human Security Award and Celebration of Henry J. Leir Professorship in International Humanitarian Studies,” Fall 2015.
  • Dr. Holly Porter, “After Rape: Justice and Social Harmony in Northern Uganda,” Fall 2015
  • Roxanne Krystalli, “Gendering Field Research: A Global Women Brownbag Lunch”, Spring 2015
  • Dr. Gary Barker, “Troubled Men: Research and Program Responses on Masculinities and Conflict,” Spring 2015
  • Mehlika Hoodbhoy, “Gender Mainstreaming: A Workshop for Practitioners,” Spring 2014
  • Dr. Cynthia Enloe, “Patriarchy isn’t just a political side show: Why did it take me so long to figure this out?”, Spring 2014
  • Dr. Carol Cohn, “Gender Analysis in Institutions: How-to”, Spring 2014
  • Dr. Hannah Riley-Bowles, “Gender and Negotiations: An Evidence-Based Approach,” Spring 2013
  • Christine Jahnke, “Gender and Public Speaking Workshop”, Spring 2013
    • “Growth and the Employed Labor Force Gender Gap: An Analysis of Japan”
    • "Feminist Evaluation: Theory and Application to Political Participation Programs"
    • "Women Taking Action: Shifting Gender Dynamics in the Liberian Civil War”
    • “Dangerous Dissonance: Armed Groups that Violate Women’s Rights, and the Women Who Support Them (2015).
    • “Missing Narratives: Gender and Enforced Disappearance in Colombia”
    • “Gender-Just Reparations: Key Elements and Approaches”
    • “Praeda Praeda: Desuetude of a Gendered Code”
    • "In the Aftermath of Reparations: The Experiences of Female Beneficiaries of Ghana's Reparations Program”
    • “Ten years after the Iraq Invasion: The Masculinization of Heroism and Female Veterans”
    • “When legislation is not enough: Alternative responses to domestic violence”
    • The Effects of Prostitution Policy on Trafficking in Persons: A Global Quantitative Analysis
    • “How do internally displaced women respond to their own situations? A case study of the emergence and practices of leadership among urban IDP women in Colombia"
    • “The treatment of rape: The interconnection between international and domestic law and formal and informal justice systems: A case of Middle Shabelle region, Somalia"
    • Gender Initiative
    • Global Women
    • Women in International Security

    Meet Kirsten:

    Pre-Fletcher Experience

    Academic background in Women and Gender Studies and Political Science. Experience working with advocacy organizations on issues such as women's political participation and ending violence against women. Two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco.

    Fields of Study

    Gender Analysis in International Studies
    Analysis, Design, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning for International Organizations (self-designed)

    Capstone Topic

    Feminism on the Field: Changing Attitudes About Girls' Soccer in Southern Morocco

    My capstone discusses my work organizing a regional girls' sports initiative in Morocco, focusing on key challenges and lessons learned for international feminist advocacy work.

    Post-Fletcher Professional Goals

    I'm interested in working at the intersection of gender advocacy and monitoring and evaluation.

    Read about Kirsten's curricular path>

    Learn From The Experts: Fletcher Faculty

    “These are really complicated issues,” Theidon said. “I think that's why they have compelled me so much in my life. That’s why they matter so much, because you start to realize just how much is at stake in people's lives. Let’s try to get it, if not right, at least better.” 

    Kimberly Theidon, the Henry J. Leir Professor in International Humanitarian Studies

    Other faculty with expertise in the field:

    Karen Jacobsen Dyan Mazurana, Associate Professor at Tufts Fletcher School Ian Johnstone, Professor of International Law at Tufts Fletcher School
    Karen Jacobsen Dyan Mazurana Ian Johnstone
    Richard Shultz, Professor of International Politics and Director, International Security Studies Program at Tufts Fletcher School Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and a Research Professor at the Fletcher School   
    Richard Shultz
    Alex de Waal
     John Cerone
    Dan Maxwell