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Laura Parisi

Associate Professor
PhD 2004, Political Science, University of Arizona
Joined UVic Women's Studies in 2005

Laura Parisi

I am a political scientist who studies issues of gender, human rights, development, global governance, international political economy, transnational feminism, and feminist methodologies.  My current research project, funded by SSHRC, focuses on how the articulation and diffusion of gender mainstreaming as a global policy influences and/or constrains gender mainstreaming efforts of human rights and development non-governmental organizations (NGOs).  The study considers how the meaning of the global policy norm of gender mainstreaming, as propagated by the United Nations and World Bank, becomes contested and reinterpreted by NGOs, positioning NGOs as both norm consumers and norm diffusers.  As such, my project examines the factors that account for NGOs' different experiences in adopting gender mainstreaming strategies in their projects and programming activities.

Research Interests

  • Gender, human rights, and international development
  • Globalization and international political economy
  • Global governance and gender mainstreaming

Courses Designed and Taught

WS 206 Globalization and Resistance

WS 313 Gender, Globalization, and the Love Industry

WS 315 Gender and International Human Rights

WS 316 Gender and International Development

WS 317 Sexuality and the Body in International Development

Selected Publications

Forthcoming (2012), "Gender Mainstreaming Human Rights: A Progressive Path for Gender Equality?" in Human Rights: The Hard Questions, edited by Cindy Holder and David Reidy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Forthcoming (2012) "Gender Mainstreaming Strategies in International Governance"  in Feminist Strategies in International Governance, edited by Gülay Caglar, Elisabeth Prügl and Susanne Zwingel. London and New York: Routledge. Co-authored with Jacqui True.

"Transnational" in Rethinking Women's and Gender Studies, edited by Catherine M. Orr, Ann Braithwaite, and Diane Lichtenstein. (London and NewYork: Routledge, 2011), pp. 310-327.

"Reclaiming Spaces of Resistance: Women's Human Rights and Global Restructuring" in Gender and Global Restructuring: Sightings, Sites and Resistances, 2nd ed., edited by Marianne H. Marchand and Anne Sisson Runyan, eds. (London and New York: Routledge, 2011), pp. 201-22.

"Feminist Perspectives on Human Rights", in International Studies Association Compendium Project, Robert A. Denemark, ed. (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2010), Vol. IV,  pp. 2157-2180.

"The Numbers Do(n't) always Add Up: Dilemmas in Using Quantitative Research Methods in Feminist IR Scholarship."  Politics and Gender Vol.5, No. 3, 2009, pp. 410-419.

"In Pursuit of Self-Determination: Indigenous Women's Challenges to 'Traditional' Diplomatic Spaces," Canadian Foreign Policy (Special issue on Indigenous Diplomacies) Vol. 13, No. 3, 2007, pp. 81-98. Lead Author. Co-authored with Jeff J. Corntassel.

Affiliations

Member of the Board of Directors, Victoria International Development and Education Association (VIDEA). Victoria, BC.

Contact

Email:  lparisi@uvic.ca Phone: (250) 472-4277
Office:  CLE B119
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