Faye Curtis (2018 Cohort)

Faye Curtis

About me: I completed my BA in Global Politics and International Relations at Birkbeck, University of London. I then went on to complete an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford. I am now based back at Birkbeck’s Department of Politics, where I will complete a second Master’s degree and write my PhD – which is provisionally titled ‘Female warriors and the right to fight: assessing the implications of a feminised front-line’.

My research: I am primarily concerned with shifting gender norms and patterns of gendered violence. My PhD thesis will make a contribution to the feminist literature on gendered warfare by focusing on the opening up of front-line roles to women. Specifically, I seek to provide an empirical foundation to the debate over female accession into ground close combat units by tracing gender integration processes in several distinct but comparable military institutions – namely; the Kurdish Peshmerga, Israeli Defence Force, and soon-to-be gender-neutral regiments of the UK and US Parachute and Marine regiments.

The difference my research makes: The participation of women in ground close combat units has almost no historical precedent and thus presents an exciting opportunity for the study of new empirical terrain. Through my research, I aim to shed light on patterns of gendered violence, shifting gender norms, gender relations, and the impact (if any) of women’s participation on ‘Band of Brothers’ culture.

Supervisors: Dr Alejandro Colás & Antoine Bousquet

Location: Birkbeck University

Pathway: Politics and International Relations

Email: fcurti03@mail.bkk.ac.uk