Dr. Maya Eichler

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PhD (Political Science), York University
MA (Political Science), York University
Magistra (Political Science/Russian Language), University of Vienna

Telephone; 902-457-6237
McCain Centre 203E

Maya Eichler is an Associate Professor in Political and Canadian Studies and Women’s Studies at MSVU. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Community Engagement and leads the Centre for Social Innovation and Community Engagement in Military Affairs at MSVU. Dr. Eichler is interested in social change and citizen engagement in the military and security sphere, with a particular emphasis on the role of gender. Dr. Eichler currently conducts research on gender, sexual violence, and the armed forces, the transition from military to civilian life, and community stories of war and peace. She completed her Ph.D. at York University and held post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Southern California, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the University of Toronto. She was a 2013-2014 Lillian Robinson Scholar at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University.

Dr. Eichler has published the book Militarizing Men: Gender, Conscription, and War in Post-Soviet Russia with Stanford University Press (2012) and the edited volume Gender and Private Security in Global Politics with Oxford University Press (2015). Her articles have appeared in the International Feminist Journal of Politics, Critical Military Studies, Armed Forces & Society, Études International, Critical Security Studies, Citizenship Studies, Brown Journal of World Affairs, International Journal, Military Behavioral Health, Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health, and the Journal of Family Theory and Review. She serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Feminist Journal of Politics and Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice.

Dr. Eichler teaches courses in the areas of International Relations and Gender Studies, such as Women, War, and Peace, Gender and International Relations, Canadian Foreign Policy, and a special topics course on Critical Military and Veterans Studies.

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Selected Publications


Book and Edited Volume:

Militarizing Men: Gender, Conscription, and War in Post-Soviet Russia, Stanford University Press, 2012.

Gender and Private Security in Global Politics, Oxford University Press, 2015.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

“Reproductions of Global Security: Accounting for the Private Security Household,” International Feminist Journal of Politics, published online October 9, 2018 (with A. Chisholm).

“Operational Stress Injuries and the Mental Health and Well-Being of Veteran Spouses: A Scoping Review,” Journal of Family Theory and Review 10, no. 3 (2018): 657-671 (with D. Norris, H. Cramm, L. Tam-Seto and K. Smith-Evans).

“Gender in Veteran Reintegration and Transition: A Scoping Review,” Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health 4, no. 1 (2018): 5-19 (with K. Smith-Evans).

“L’Opération HONOUR en perspective: la politique changeante du genre dans les Forces armées canadiennes” (“Operation Honour in Perspective: The Shifting Politics of Gender in the Canadian Armed Forces”), Études International 48, no. 1 (Winter 2017): 19-36.

“Unmaking Militarized Masculinity: Veterans and the Project of Military-to-Civilian Transition,” Critical Military Studies 3 (2017), no. 2: 161-181 (with S. Bulmer).

“Add Female Veterans and Stir? A Feminist Perspective on Gendering Veterans Research,” Armed Forces and Society 43 (2017), no. 4: 674-694.

“Learning from the Deschamps Report: Why Military and Veteran Researchers Ought to Pay Attention to Gender,” Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health 2, no. 1 (2016): 5-8.

“Engendering Two Solitudes? Media Representations of Women in Combat in Quebec and the Rest of Canada,” International Journal 69, no. 4 (2014): 594-611 2014. (with K. Chapman).

“Citizenship and the Contracting out of Military Work: From National Conscription to Globalized Recruitment,” Citizenship Studies 18, no. 6-7 (2014): 600-614.

“Gender and the Privatization of Security: Neoliberal Transformation of the Militarized Gender Order,” Critical Studies on Security 1, no. 3 (2013): 311-325.

“Russia’s Post-Communist Transformation: A Gendered Analysis of the Chechen Wars,” International Feminist Journal of Politics 8, no. 4 (2006): 486-511. (Special issue on Gender Violence and Hegemonic Projects, edited by Meghana Nayak and Jennifer Suchland)

Book Chapters

“Military Sexual Violence in Canada,” in Dis/Consent: Perspectives on Sexual Consent and Sexual Violence, edited by K.A. Malinen, Fernwood Publishing 2019.

“Gender and Militarism,” in Routledge Handbook of Gender and Security, edited by C. Gentry, L. Shepherd, and L. Sjoberg, Routledge 2018.

“Gender in International Relations: Interdisciplinarity and the Study of Conflict,” in Advancing Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Relations, edited by S. A. Yetiv and P. James, Palgrave 2017 (with S. Basu).

“Private Security and Gender,” in Routledge Handbook of Private Security Studies, edited by A. Leander and R. Abrahamsen, Routledge 2016.

“Gender, PMSCs, and the Rescaling of the Politics of Protection: Implications for Feminist Security Studies,” in Gender and Private Force in Global Politics, edited by M. Eichler, Oxford University Press 2015.

“Russian Veterans of the Chechen Wars: A Feminist Analysis of Militarized Masculinities,” in Feminist International Relations: Conversations about the Past, Present and Future, edited by J. A. Tickner and L. Sjoberg, Routledge, 2011.

“Gender and Nation in the Soviet/Russian Transformation,” in Gendering the Nation-State: Canadian and Comparative Perspectives, edited by Y. Abu-Laban, University of British Columbia, 2008.

Other Publications:

“The Art of Discomfort: Engaging in Dialogue on War,” Critical Military Studies, published online April 12, 2018 (with J. Wiebe).

“The Politics of Poppies,” Understorey Magazine, issue 11: Service (August 2017) (with J. Wiebe)
“Militarized Masculinities in International Relations,” Brown Journal of World Affairs 21, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2014): 81-93.

“Women and Combat in Canada: Continuing Tensions Between ‘Difference’ and ‘Equality’,” Critical Studies on Security 1, no. 2 (2013): 257-259.

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