The invisible costs of war

Enloe, expert on globalization of women, to speak for Assembly Series Oct. 8

Cynthia Enloe, PhD, research professor in the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment and director of the women’s studies department at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., will discuss the “Invisible Costs of War” for the Assembly Series at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in Steinberg Hall Auditorium.


Her presentation also is the keynote address for the Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowship conference. Additionally, the conference will hold a panel discussion on the effects of the Iraq war featuring Enloe at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in Umrath Hall Lounge.

Other panelists are Monica M. Mathieu, PhD, research assistant professor at the Brown School; Nancy Y. Reynolds, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of History in Arts & Sciences; David Speetzen, PhD, visiting lecturer in the Department of Philosophy in Arts & Sciences; and Amy Suelzer, PhD, assistant director of international and area studies in Arts & Sciences.

As Enloe’s research has shown, the effects of globalization on women are vastly different from that of men. She has traveled the globe, talking to women about their everyday lives and analyzing their situations from a distinct feminist perspective. In her writings, Enloe exposes the human side of what it means to be female in a global economy.

Enloe’s 12 books include Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics (2000), Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women’s Lives (2004), and Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link (2007). Her newest book is Nimo’s War, Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War (2010).

Enloe’s feminist teaching and research have focused on the interplay of women’s politics in the national and international arenas, how a female labor force is used to support governments’ war-waging politics, and how many women have tried to resist both efforts.

Enloe earned a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and both a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. She was awarded Fulbrights to study in Malaysia and Guyana, and has had guest professorships in Japan, Britain and Canada.

The lecture and panel discussion are free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call (314) 935-4620.