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United Kingdom
Newcastle University
private military and security companies, security studies, international political economy, feminism, labour chains, migration, household, military, militarism, masculinities, postcolonialism
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About Me

I am a lecturer in International Politics and a feminist scholar whose contributes to the growing field of critical gender studies on private military and security companies (PMSCs). My research, rooted in feminist global political economy (GPE) and feminist critical security studies, has developed the existing critical security research on privatisation of security by offering ethnographic insights into critical security studies from a postcolonial gender framing thereby incorporating race and colonial histories as two important analytics in understanding the globalization of private security.

I remain motivated by the ways in which race, class and gender intersect and make certain subjectivities possible whilst foreclosing on others. To this end, my future research plans involve examining how global South migrant security labourers negotiate, challenge and resist dominant understandings and representations of themselves in global security. I am committed to researching through intersectionalities of race, class and gender and combining qualitative methodologies.

In October 2016 I was awarded an Economic and Social Research Council Future Leaders Grant. The grant project is called “From Military to Market” and explores the private unarmed security industry and the labour that underpin their operations. I am currently conducting fieldwork in Qatar and Nepal. You can follow my project blog here.

Recent Publications
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Chisholm A. (18 July 2017) The Faces and Places of Security Migration: A Multipart Series. military to market: political economies of private security and logistic labour chains.

Chisholm A., and Tidy, J. (10 June 2017) Masculinities at the Margins: A Feminist Curiosity of Gender, Militarism and War. e-International Relations.

Chisholm, A. (1 November 2016) 4 Things Feminists Tell Us about Private Security: A Gender Audit on Security. E-International Relations.

Chisholm, A. (15 November 2015) Remembrance Day and the Poppy: Reflections from a Militarised Feminist. Feminist Academic Collective.

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