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Dr. Janie L. Leatherman

Professor of Politics & International Studies
o: Donnarumma Hall Rm 202
p: x3429


B.A., Manchester College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Denver

Current Research Interests

Dr. Leatherman's current research project includes a book contract for "Global Peace Studies" (for Polity Press). She also has projects underway on border politics and migration, safe spaces in humanitarian contexts, and sexual violence and armed conflict.

Her work on sexual violence examines its pervasive reality in many contemporary warzones; asks how such atrocity becomes normalized through a complex interplay of local to global forces; and in what ways the taboo on talking about this is changing or not, in the face of international outrage.  Her most recent publication Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict explores the catastrophic, and often hidden, consequences for women, men, girls, and boys in conflict zones, and how the destruction of their lives along with family and community is linked to a global political economy of violence and its networks of plunder and profit, especially with illicit goods and conflict minerals.  For more information, see

Safe space is an overlooked concept, whose protection is vital to the security of famliies and communities around the world, and yet seems to be collapsing in many contexts.  These range from the impact of global climate change, fragile and collapsing states, piracy, kidnappings, loss of safe space in humanitarian crises and war, the global rise in domestic violence, human trafficking, and sweatshops, to terrorism, and the linkages among them. As globalization has collapsed time and space, it has disarticulated the territoriality of the inter-state and associated war system, while accelerating the movement of people, goods and ideas, prompting a mismatch between global humanitarian and human rights norms and the system they were designed for, and contemporary threats.  Safe space in one sector after another (humanitarian spaces, schools, markets, malls, public transport, hospitals, religious and cultural sites, etc.) situated historically under the protective arm of international regimes and associated state duties is in peril. The emergence of the responsibility to protect is just one manifestation of the struggle to respond to the pervasive collapse of safe space.

Courses Taught

  1. HR 202: Hon Sem:Gender,War&Peace
  2. IL 0051: Challenges of Global Politics
  3. IL 51: Challenges of Global Politics
  4. IL 151: Gender, War, Peace
  5. IL 197: UNSecurityCouncilCrisisSimul
  6. IL 280: Glob Ldrshp/Res & Proj Dev
  7. IL 295: Sem:Global Ldrshp Res&ProDev
  8. IL 299: Independent Study 201009
  9. IL 300: SrCapstoneSem Ind Study 201009
  10. PO 0130: International Relations
  11. PO 130: International Relations
  12. PO 136: Gender, War, Peace
  13. PO 0190B: Special Topics:Border Politics
  14. PO 190B: Special Topics:Border Politics