Hannah Partis-Jennings

  • Lecturer in International Relations and Security
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Hannah joined Loughborough University as a Lecturer in International Relations and Security in 2018.

She has a BA in English and History as well as an MPhil in Peace Studies (Distinction) from Trinity College Dublin. Her PhD is from the University of St Andrews where she was a 600th Anniversary Scholar.

She has conducted research in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, the UK, and Ireland focusing on gendered experiences. Her monograph The Military-Peace Complex: Gender and Materiality in Afghanistan (2021) is published with Edinburgh University Press (Advances in Critical Military Studies series) and her research has appeared in Critical Military Studies, Men and Masculinities, International Feminist Journal of Politics, and International Politics among other journals. Her current projects include work on reproductive justice activism (supported by a BISA Early Career Grant), feminist policymaking and feminist military studies.

She has previously worked as a Lecturer in International Relations and Gender at King’s College, London and at University College Dublin.

She has also previously served as a co-convenor for the British International Studies Association Post-Graduate Network and the BISA Gendering International Relations Working Group and as a senior commissioning editor for E-International Relations.

Her research is divided into three main areas: aesthetics and war, gender and (post-)conflict, and militarism. Her monograph The Military-Peace Complex: Gender and Materiality in Afghanistan (2021) explores the gendered, embodied and material dynamics of the liberal peace project in Afghanistan. The book is part of a wider research interest in how gender orders and structures (post-)conflict contexts, and how people experience those contexts, and perform roles within them, in particularly gendered ways. Linked to this she previously worked on an ESRC-funded project led by Dr Rebekka Friedman at King’s College, London, exploring war-affected women’s post-war transition experience in Sri Lanka. 

Hannah is also interested in the relationship between experiencing and representing war, and what aesthetic lenses can tell us about war trauma and violence. More generally, she is interested in the manifestations of militarism across different spheres of life, including everyday militarism and military memorialisation, as well as how military acts and interventions function, change and are justified.

She has published in Men and Masculinities, International Feminist Review of Politics, Critical Military Studies, Peacebuilding, Critical Studies on Security, and International Politics

  • Gender and Politics
  • The Politics of Militarism


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Book Chapters

  • Partis-Jennings, H. (2021) 'The ‘third gender’ in Afghanistan: a feminist account of hybridity as a gendered experience' in Feminist Interventions in Critical Peace and Conflict Studies Edited By Laura McLeod and Maria O'Reilly (Routledge: Oxon and New York).