Caron Gentry

Caron Gentry

Research Fellow

Professor Caron E. Gentry was appointed as a Lecturer to the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews in 2011, where she currently serves as Professor and Head of School. Her main research area is gender and terrorism, which stems from her PhD, under the supervision of Professor Paul Wilkinson, on women’s involvement in revolutionary organisations. Since graduating with her PhD in 2003, she has published on women, gender, and terrorism. Her publications include (with Laura Sjoberg) Mothers, Monsters, Whores: Women’s Violence in Global Politics (2007), which was just revised in a second edition, Beyond Mothers, Monsters, Whores (2015). Her work has been published in Terrorism and Political ViolenceInternational RelationsInternational Feminist Journal of PoliticsCritical Studies on Terrorism, and Critical Studies on Security. She is serving as an associate editor for the International Feminist Journal of Politics for web content. Caron has also been actively involved in leadership in the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of the International Studies Association and is serving as the Section Chair, 2015–2016.

Caron’s work has been instrumental in establishing gender and political violence as an important research topic within feminist International Relations scholarship. Her work aims to interrogate how gender and other identifiers, such as race, class, and religion, are used to marginalise and disenfranchise certain populations. Specifically, she has studied women’s involvement in the Palestinian Resistance Movement and Chechen nationalism and how this violence is often narrated through a gendered neo-Orientalist lens.


(with Laura Sjoberg) Mothers, Monsters, Whores: Women’s Violence in Global Politics. London: Zed Books, 2007.

(with Laura Sjoberg) Beyond Mothers, Monsters, Whores: Thinking About Women’s Violence in Global Politics. London: Zed Books, 2015.


Edited Volumes:
(with Laura Sjoberg) (eds) Women, Gender, and Terrorism. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2011.



“The Relationship between New Social Movement Theory and Terrorism Studies: The Role of Leadership, Membership, Ideology and Gender,” Terrorism and Political Violence, 16(2), 2004, pp. 274–293.

(with Laura Sjoberg) “Reduced to Bad Sex: Narratives of Violent Women from the Bible to the War on Terror,” International Relations, 22(1), 2008, pp. 5–23.

(with Laura Sjoberg) Profiling Terror: Gendering the Strategic Logic of Suicide Terror and Other Narratives,” Austrian Journal of Political Science, Issue 2, 2008, pp. 1–16.

“Twisted Maternalism: From Peace to Violence,” International Feminist Journal of Politics, 11(2), 2009, pp. 235–252.

(with Kathryn Whitworth) “Discourse of Desperation: The Intersections of Neo-Orientalism, Gender, and Islam in the Chechen Struggle,” Critical Studies on Terrorism, 4(2), 2011, pp. 145–161.

“Epistemological Failures: Everyday Violence in the West,” Critical Studies on Terrorism, 8(3), 2015, pp. 362–382.

“Anxiety and the Creation of the Scapegoated Other,” Critical Studies on Security, 3(2), 2015, pp. 1–14.