Cristina Masters

Cristina Masters


  • Lecturer in International Politics, Politics

Personal profile


I joined the Department of Politics at Manchester in September 2006, prior to which I held a lectureship in the Department of Politics and a sessional lectureship in Women Studies at McMaster University in Canada. I completed my PhD at York University in Toronto, Canada, where I also received a MA Postgraduate Diploma in Security Studies. My teaching qualifications include: International Relations Theory, Women & Politics, and Political Theory. I am also a member of the BISA Gender and International Relations Working Group, and a member of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies, and the International Studies Association.

Research interests

My research focusses on making feminist sense of practices of war with special attention to the US military and the role of technology in war and more recently practices of everyday war in the ongoing war on terror and its various and violent embodiments. The questions that primarily drive my research are: what war practices does gender and difference make possible? My research is also situated in non-structural theories of international politics and challenges to dominant ways of knowing and being in the world in which we currently live. Currently, I am working on collaborative project with Dr. Linda Åhäll (Keele) on misogyny and global politics. 

Further information

Current Phd Students

Sofia Doyle (2018-). Staff to Student Sexual Violence in the Academy: Everyday Insecurity, Everyday Resistance (ESRC Scholarship).

Jennifer Hobbs (2016-). What is the relationship between bodily fluids and practices of (in)security? (SoSS studentship).

Michanne Steenbergen (2015-). Empowerment, Marginalization & Post-Conflict Security Practices: Female Ex-Combatants in Nepal and Liberia (SoSS studentship).

Rahima Siddique (2015-). Masculinities and Radicalization: A Critical Inquiry into Gender, Violence and Extremism in the radicalization process(SoSS studentship)


Completed PhD

Robert William Palmer (2012-2017). Awarded A(i) Twenty-First Century Celebrations of the British Armed Forces: The Rise of the Biopolitical Military Professional (SoSS studentship).

Thomas Tyerman (2012-2016). Awarded A(i) Border struggles: segregation, migrant solidarity, and ethical politics in everyday life (ESRC studentship and Presidential Scholarship Award).

Rachel Massey. (2011-2015) Awarded B(i)Leaky Bodies’: Critical Reflections on contemporary framings of conflict based sexual violence in Congo (DRC) (ESCR studentship).

Susannah O’Sullivan (2010-2014). Awarded A(i) Space and time in liberal peace building and intervention (ESRC studentship).

Kathryn Starnes (2008-2015). Awarded A(i) Fairy Tales, Textbooks and Social Science: A folklorist reading of international relations introductory textbooks (thesis nominated for a BISA prize).

Linsay Cunningham-Cross. (2008-2013) Awarded A(ii) In search of a Chinese School: Ghostly encounters with the parochial/global discipline of international relations (ESRC studentship).

Julia Welland (2009-2013). Awarded A(ii) Masculinity and Violence in the British Military: Liberal Warriors and Haunted Soldiers (ESRC studentship).

Turki Alawi (2007-2013). Awarded B(iii) Saudi Foreign Policy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Secondary supervisor with Dr. Peter Lawler from September 2007, self-funded).

Gérman Prieto Corredor (2009-2013). Awarded A(ii) The Explanatory Role of Collective Identity and Regional Institutions in the Unfolding of the ANDEAN Community: Contributions and Limitations of a Constructivist Analysis.

Thomas Gregory (2007-2011). Awarded A(ii) Women and Agency in the War on Terror (SoSS studentship).

Pinkerton, Patrick, Awarded A(ii) Biopolitics, Temporality and the International Presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina (ESRC studentship).

Activities and esteem

Academic Invitations to External Lectures and Department Seminars

“Feeling War,” Feeling War, PAIS, University of Warwick, May 10th, 2017.

“Criticality in Feminist Politics,” Department of Politics and International Relations, Cardiff University, October 14th, 2016.

“Getting Intimate to Rethink International Politics,” A Workshop on the intimate and V. Spike Peterson, Politics, University of Manchester, September 21st, 2016.

“Scenes of Empathy: Sensuous spectatorship, post-9/11 war films and everyday participation in liberal war,” PAIS Seminar Series, University of Warwick, February 24th, 2016.

“Forget Biopolitics,” Oxford Brookes research seminar series, Department of Social Sciences, March 17th, 2015.


Paper Presentations

“A feminist goes to a war museum with her parents: on the intimacies of war and becoming feminist,” Militarization, Militarism and Feminism: Rethinking interrelations and contradictions workshop, June 30th, 2018, Vienna, Austria.

“#afeministsaiditfirst: Wilful Omissions, Mansplaining IR, Feminist Killjoys,” 7th Annual Conference, International Feminist Journal of Politics, April 3rd, 2018, San Francisco, USA.

“Reflections on life, living, and resistance: A feminist call to ‘forget’ biopolitics in IR,” 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, EISA, September 16th, 2017, Barcelona, Spain.

“Making feminist sense of the interface: gender, technology & war,” 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, EISA, September 15th, 2017, Barcelona, Spain.

“White Women, Saving White Men and Brown Women, from Brown Men?: The Gendered & Raced Politics of Violence,” International Feminist Journal of Politics 6th Annual Conference, South Asian University, April 10th, 2017, New Delhi, India.

“The Future of Sexual Violence,” (co-presented with Marysia Zalewski) 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations: Worlds of Violence, EISA, September 25th, 2015, Sicily, Italy.

“Forget Biopolitics,” 56th Annual International Studies Association Conference, February 21st, 2015, New Orleans, USA.

“Zero Dark Thirty & the Sensuous Politics of Spectating War,” 56th Annual International Studies Association Conference, February 20th, 2015, New Orleans, USA.

“Kill(able) Subjects and Complex Embodiments in Drone Warfare: MAMs, Patterns of Life & Signature Strikes,”55th Annual International Studies Association Conference, March 29th, 2014, Toronto, Canada.


Roudtable Presentations

“Cataloguing Frankenstinian Subjects in IR: Cyborg, Perverse, Ventriloquized,” with Marysia Zalewski, Shine Choi, Swati Parashar, Michelle Brown, Saara Särmä, 57th Annual International Studies Association Conference, April 5th, 2018, San Francisco, USA.

"How Inappropriate! Exploring Boundaries of Disciplinary Performances,” with Marysia Zalewski, Laura McLeod, Swati Parashar, Shine Choi, Michelle Brown, Saara Särmä at the 57th Annual International Studies Association Conference, March 18th, 2016, Atlanta, USA.

Presidential Theme Panel - Feminist International Relations Today: Transformation In Action,” with Marysia Zalewski, Swati Parashar, Laura McLeod, and V. Spike Peterson at the 56th Annual International Studies Association Conference, February 21st, 2015, New Orleans, USA.

“Sex, Gender, Desire, Violence” a workshop with Maria Stern, Paul Higate, Paul Kirby, Marysia Zalewski, Marsha Henry, Robin May Schott, Maria Malmstrom, Maria Eriksson Baaz, and Chris Dolan at the Centre for Globalisation and Development, Gothenburg Univeristy, Sweden, June 9-10th, 2014.*

“Feminism and Its Crisis’, with Julia Welland, Claire Lyness, Same Cook, Rosalie Clark, at the International Feminist Journal of Politics 3rd Annual Conference, University of Southern California, May 9th, 2014, LA, USA.

“Consuming Feminisms?: A Critical (Re)engagement of the Relationship between Feminisms and Capitalisms,” with Marysia Zalewski, Terrell Carver, Georgina Waylen, and Shirin Rai at the Political Studies Association Annual Conference, April 15th, 2014, Manchester, UK.

“(More) Dead Bodies and More Theories (and methodologies): Is it time for Gaga Feminism in IR?” with Marysia Zalewski, Megan Daigle, Laura McLeod at the Political Studies Association Annual Conference, April 15th, 2014, Manchester, UK.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Gender, Technology & War: Making Feminist Sense of Advanced Technology in War, York University

Award Date: 1 Sept 2008

Areas of expertise

  • JZ International relations


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