Jennifer Greenburg

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Jennifer Greenburg

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Jennifer Greenburg is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Sheffield in the UK. She is a feminist political geographer working on areas of war, gender, and humanitarianism. Her first book, At War with Women: Military Humanitarianism and Imperial Feminism in an Era of Permanent War (Cornell University Press, 2023), reveals how post-9/11 politics of gender and development have transformed US military power. Another dimension of her work is grounded in Haiti, where she is concerned with the violence and securitized legacy of humanitarian interventions. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley and has held fellowships at Stanford University and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University.



Jennifer is currently completing her first book manuscript, At War with Women: Military Humanitarianism and Imperial Feminism in an Era of Permanent War. This book examines how the US military's enlistment of development as a counterinsurgency weapon in the post-9/11 era produced sweeping changes in military gender relations. At War with Women draws on ethnographic research on US military bases, archival investigation into the colonial and Cold War past used to assemble current military doctrine, and interviews with women who served on all-female counterinsurgent teams during an era when women were banned from direct assignment to ground combat units. Her next book project, “Genealogies of Humanitarian Violence,” is a history of the present entanglement of militarism and humanitarianism in Haiti.



2018    “‘Going back to history’: Haiti and US military humanitarian knowledge production.” Spaces at the Intersection of Militarism and Humanitarianism, eds. Emily Gilbert and Killian McCormick, special issue, Critical Military Studies 4 (2): 121-139.

2017    “Selling Stabilization: Anxious Practices of Militarized Development Contracting.” Development and Change 48 (6): 1262-1286.

2017     “New Military Femininities: Humanitarian Violence and the Gendered Work of War Among US Servicewomen.” Gender, Place, and Culture 24 (8): 1107-1126.

2016    “The one who bears the scars remembers: Haiti and the historical geography of US militarized development.” Journal of Historical Geography 51: 52-63.

2013    “The ‘strong arm’ and the ‘friendly hand’: Military humanitarianism in post-earthquake Haiti.” The Journal of Haitian Studies 19 (1): 60-87.

2010    “The spatial politics of xenophobia: Everyday practices of Congolese migrants in Johannesburg.” Transformation 74: 66-86.