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066: Valerie Hudson: Mormon Feminist

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ValerieHudsonI sit down with Valerie Hudson and discuss feminism and being who you are in spite of the pressure to conform. we also touch on subjects like mental illness, her conversion, and the ordain women movement.

Dr. Valerie Hudson joined the faculty of the Bush School in 2012 as the George Bush Chair. An expert on international security and foreign policy analysis, she received her PhD in political science at The Ohio State University and comes to Texas A&M University from a senior faculty position at Brigham Young University.

In 2009, Foreign Policy named her one of the top 100 Most Influential Global Thinkers. Her co-authored book, Bare Branches: Security Implications of Asia’s Surplus Male Population, and the research it presents, received major attention from the media with coverage in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, BBC, CNN, and numerous other outlets. The book also received two national book awards. Her latest co-authored book is Sex and World Peace, published by Columbia University Press; and her current book project is The Hillary Doctrine: How Sex Came to matter in American Foreign Policy.

Dr. Hudson developed a nation-by-nation database on women ( that triggered both academic and policy interest (the latter includes its use by both the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and various agencies of the United Nations). Using this data, Hudson and her co-principal investigators from The WomanStats Project have published a wide variety of empirical work linking the security of women to the security of states, with research appearing in International Security, the Journal of Peace Research, Political Psychology, and Politics and Gender.

Dr. Hudson offers core courses on research methods for national security and defense students, adding important new seminars on women and nations as well as foreign policy analysis. Throughout her career, Dr. Hudson has demonstrated a strong commitment to collaboration with other scholars both in her own field and in other disciplines, and received significant research grants, including grants from the National Science Foundation, to support her work in international affairs. Her research and teaching experience is also complemented by three major teaching awards and numerous research awards.

Hudson served as vice president of the International Studies Association for 2011-2012. She is a founding editorial board member of Foreign Policy Analysis, and also serves on the editorial boards of Politics and Gender and International Studies Review. More information can be found on her professional website, .


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