Dr Jenny Mathers

BA Mount Holyoke College MPhil University of Oxford DPhil University of Oxford

Dr Jenny Mathers

Senior Lecturer in International Politics

Department of International Politics

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Jenny Mathers received her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College in the United States and her MPhil and DPhil from Oxford University. She joined the Department in 1992 while completing her DPhil thesis on Soviet ballistic missile defence policy from Stalin to Gorbachev. Her teaching and research spans two broad areas: Russian politics and security and gender and war.



Jenny Mathers is currently working on several related projects that focus on different aspects of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, including a book that examines the crisis from the perspective of feminist security studies. She is also the co-editor (with Veronica Kitchen) and a contributor to Heroism and Global Politics (Routledge, 2018).


During the 2019-2020 academic year, Jenny is the Department's MA recruitment and admissions officer and is also part of the Department's social media team. She chairs the University's Personal Tutor Working Group.

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Wednesday 10:30-11:30
  • Friday 10:30-11:30


Mathers, J 2017, Even the Toys are Demanding Free Elections: Humour and the Politics of Creative Protest in Russia. in B Beumers, A Etkind, O Gurova & S Turema (eds), Cultural Forms of Protest in Russia. 1 edn, Taylor & Francis, pp. 105-119.
Mathers, J 2012, 'Nuclear Weapons in Russian Foreign Policy: Patterns in Presidential Discourse 2000–2010' Europe-Asia Studies, vol. 64, no. 3, pp. 495-519. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2012.661930
Mathers, J 2012, 'The Red Rockets' Glare: Spaceflight and the Soviet Imagination, 1857-1957' Space Policy, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 64-65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spacepol.2011.12.003
Mathers, JG 2012, Women and State Military Forces. in C Cohn (ed.), Women and War: Contested Histories, Uncertain Futures. Polity, Cambridge, pp. 124-145.
Mathers, JG 2010, The Military, Security and Politics. in S White, R Sakwa & HE Hale (eds), Developments in Russian Politics 7. Springer Nature, Basingstoke, pp. 245-262.
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