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 2023-24 academic year, Jenny is the Department's MA Learning and Teaching Officer.

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Monday 10:30-11:30
  • Friday 9:30-10:30


Hopwood, M & Mathers, J (eds) 2023, Yr Apêl/The Appeal: Hanes Rhyfeddol Deiseb Heddwch Menywod Cymru/ The Remarkable Story of the Welsh Women's Peace Petition. vol. Yr Apêl/The Appeal, 1af edn, Y Lolfa, Talybont.
Edwards, CW, Mathers, J, Phillips, C & McFadyen, G 2022, Deall noddfa, ffoaduriaid, gwrthdaro, a rhyfel Rwsia yn Wcráin. Llywodraeth Cymru | Welsh Government.
Mathers, J 2020, Ginger Cats and Cute Puppies: Animals, Affect, and Militarisation in the Crisis in Ukraine. in C Baker (ed.), Making War on Bodies: Militarisation, Aesthetics and Embodiment in International Politics. Advances in Critical Military Studies, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 148-169.
Mathers, J 2020, 'Women, War and Austerity: IFIs and the construction of gendered economic insecurities in Ukraine', Review of International Political Economy, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 1235-1256. 10.1080/09692290.2020.1725903
Mathers, J 2018, Medals and American heroic military masculinity after 9/11. in V Kitchen & J Mathers (eds), Heroism and Global Politics. Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, pp. 36-59.
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