Shirley Graham

Shirley Graham
Director of the Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs; Associate Professor of Practice in International Affairs
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Shirley Graham is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, where she teaches graduate courses on Global Gender Policy and Gender, War and Peace; and an undergraduate course on Women and Global Politics. She is the Director of the Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs (GEIA) which convenes the Elliott School’s curriculum, scholarly research and engagement in the policy and practice of promoting and achieving gender equality globally. Its aim is to equip future international affairs professionals with the knowledge and skills to apply a gender lens and to advance gender equality through broad areas of their future professional careers.

Shirley’s research interests include thematic areas under the women, peace and security agenda borne out of UNSCR 1325, including: gender and international peacekeeping, women and peace processes, trauma-recovery and resilience post-conflict. She has consulted on issues of women’s leadership and post-conflict reconciliation to the Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation, and on trainings for women’s advancement and political participation with Women for Election and IMPACT Trade Union. She conducted an Ireland-wide consultation on women, peace and security to inform Ireland’s national action plan on women, peace and security (WPS) and represented the National Women’s Council of Ireland on the Department of Foreign Affairs WPS/UNSCR 1325 Monitoring & Evaluation Group. She was the Co-ordinator of the Hanna’s House Feminist All-Ireland Peace Project, an NGO assessing the legacy of the Troubles and its impact on women’s lives; hosting conferences and workshops to inform policy and practice. Shirley received her PhD on Gender & International Peacekeeping from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She has an MA in International Affairs from Dublin City University where she is a research fellow at the Institute for International Conflict Resolution & Reconstruction (IICRR).


Making Men Visible in the Women, Peace & Security Agenda (2020) forthcoming Fall 2020.

Ireland’s Path to Legalizing Abortion: at a time when the United States might render it illegal in ‘American Prospect’, July 2018.

Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence Strategic Plan 2017–2020: Leaving no one behind, tackling gender based violence where the needs are greatest (expert advisor).

A Gender Paradox: Discourses on Women in UN Peacekeeping, Irish Studies in International Affairs, Vol. 27 (2016), pp.165-187.

Women Peacekeepers: Gender Discourses on “Equal but Different” Amongst Irish Peacekeepers, (2015) in ‘Gender & Peacebuilding: All Hands Required’, Eds. Flaherty, M.P., T. Matyok, J. Senehi, S. Byrne, H. Tuso, Lexington Books, New York.

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