Queering women, peace & security

This month, on International Women’s Day, the journal of International Affairs published a Special Issue on The Futures of Women, Peace and Security. My piece Queering women, peace and security was part of this fantastic special issue.

Check out this podcast about Reintroducing Women, Peace and Security recorded at the launch of the journal including comments form co-editors Paul Kirby and Laura Shepherd along with contributors.

I joined a number of the other authors from this Special Issue in Atlanta at the annual convention of the International Studies Association on a roundtable where we each discussed the issues we raised in our pieces along with questions about the possibilities of the Women, peace and security architecture in general. (Will post the recording as soon as I get it!)

It’s an exciting time to be writing about queer security issues as Cynthia Weber’s book Queer International Relations just came out. I had the good fortune to attend the book launch at the New School where Weber told us it was, “The hardest book I ever had to write.” While at the launch Weber also talked about the importance of the book creating space in the field of international relations for a future where hiring someone with a background in Queer IR would be a possibility at which pointed I shouted in solidarity because this is the future I want to see!

This month I also successfully defended my dissertation proposal so I'm officially a doctoral candidate! My proposal builds on the ideas in my International Affairs article and I will begin doing interviews for the project this summer.


Sexual & Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

This month I published a story for RH Reality Check about a new UNFPA report urging funding for sexual and reproductive health care services for women and girls in humanitarian emergencies. The piece focuses on the need for improved funding and research for abortion in refugee settings as well as the need to work with local communities in emergency preparedness and response.

For the story I interviewed Sandra Krause, director of Reproductive Health at the Women’s Refugee Commission, IAWG researcher Sarah Chynoweth and University of Massachusetts Boston economics professor Kade Finoff.

Click here for the full story.



My very own annual review 



10 things I'm proud of, care to celebrate, and/or recognize as meaningful.


  1. I wrote my first academic journal article.
  2. I published my first book chapter.
  3. I visited a cat cafe for the first time!
  4. I took my dad to the Cincinnati Pride Parade.
  5. I regularly kept a gratitude list.
  6. I started the hashtag #CatsAgainstBoston2024.
  7. I heard Eileen Myles read.
  8. I read Cheryl Strayed's book Tiny Beautiful Things.
  9. I attended the Civil Liberties and Public Policy conference.
  10.  I began volunteering on the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders hotline.


  1. I travelled internationally, alone.
  2. I presented my own research at a conference.
  3. I worked as a teaching assistant.
  4. I took a class at the Fletcher School.
  5. I trained as an abortion doula.
  6. I wrote my first article published in print.
  7. I wrote two pieces for Bitch Magazine & RH Reality check.
  8. I ran my first 10k!
  9. I trained as a clinic escort in Boston.
  10. I spoke on a podcast.



I finished 2015 writing about a rad photo exhibit

Haven't had much of a chance to do freelance writing this year but fortunately I was able to finish the year with a few pieces about an exhibit that closed earlier this month at the Boston Children's Museum, Mimi's Family. I wrote about the exhibit for The Dig and Nylon.

As I mention in my coverage of the show, I'm eally thrilled to see this sort of opportunity for families to talk about gender and in a way that engages with children! It was fantastic to visit the museum and get a tour of the show with exhibit designer Margaret Middleton as well as and talk to photographer Matthew Clowney about what it was like to hang out with the trans grandparent Erica and her family. 

Recent coverage of the exhibit can also be found at Mombian and The Washington Post.



My first book chapter is out!

I'm pleased to note my first book chapter "The Revolutionary Possibilities of Online Trans and Queer Community" is now published! The chapter is part of the book Gender, Sex and Politics: In the Streets and Between the Sheets in the 21st Century. To take a look inside the book, visit the Taylor and Francis website here.




This exciting new book is essential for understanding sexuality and gender in the 21st century. Topics range widely, from sexting to sexual assault. Many chapters are deeply personal, but with broader social implications. This book will stimulate animated conversation and deep thinking; it is one of the most important books on gender and sexuality in the past 30 years.

-Tom Digby, Philosophy, Springfield College, and author of Love and War: How Militarism Shapes Sexuality and Romance

This sparkling book challenges us to pursue fresh critical thinking on feminist issues of exploitation and empowerment, pointing out how we can use constructive dissent rather than destructive disagreement -- a great addition to the canon.

-Loretta Ross, Former National Coordinator, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

In our insanely fast-paced, Twitter-trigger world, discussion of sexuality and gender too often consists solely of snarky knee-jerk statements that do nothing to contest dominant thinking. These essays, on the other hand, invite us to think and rethink about power, and for the best reason of all: so that we can equalize it. If you care about gender, sex, and politics, this book is for you.

- Leora Tanenbaum, author of I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet

This is a must read for academic and practical alike and should be in every college sociology and psychology course. The first chapter "Hollaback!" is an eye opener and makes me want to join the movement. The book goes on to unveil many truths we must all face.

-Kristin Beck, US Navy SEAL, Candidate for US Congress 2016

Forty years after the sex wars first captured popular imagination, Shira Tarrant makes it brilliantly clear that sex wars matter anew. In this edgy collection of truth-tellers, contributors invite readers to open their minds, hearts, and conversations. They redefine sexual literacy and challenge the very notion of taboo. Bridging theory, practice, and competing perspectives, the book unsettles and entices. As with the best in gender studies, it’s sure to hit a nerve.

-Deborah Siegel, PhD, author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild