Caroline Williams, a member of the first cohort of the DAMES graduate program, successfully defended her master’s thesis last month, the title of which is The Geo-Gendered Contradiction of U.S. Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency Policies in the Middle East. All of here at DAMES are so, so proud of Caroline: she is our first grad student to defend her thesis, and to say she is very special to us is to say far too little.
We are grateful to Caroline for trusting us with and joining us for her graduate school journey.
Of her project, Caroline writes:
My thesis explores counterterrorism as being conventionally masculinized and counterinsurgency as feminized according to their tactics and targeting. I analyze these policies as contradictory to each other despite their parallel usage in regional communities and their long-term anti-terrorist objectives.