Nicole Detraz

Nikki is an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Memphis. She received her Ph.D. from Colorado State University in 2009, her MA from CSU in 2005, and her BA from Louisiana State University in 2002. Her specific areas of research interest are international relations and environmental politics. Her on-going research explores the intersections between gender, security, and the environment.

Her latest book, Gender and the Environment (Polity Press), explains why gender matters to our understanding and approach to the environment.  In it, she examines contemporary debates around population, consumption, and security to show how gender can help us to better understand environmental issues and to develop policies to tackle them effectively and justly. Our society often has different expectations of men and women, and these expectations influence the realm of environmental politics. Drawing on examples of various environmental concerns from countries around the world, Gender and the Environment makes the case that it is only by adopting a more inclusive focus that embraces the complex ways men and women interact with ecosystems that we can move towards enhanced sustainability and greater environmental justice on a global scale.

Her previous book, Environmental Security and Gender (Routledge), examines the role of gender in discourses that combine security and the environment both in theory, through a review of scholarly literature, and in practice, through three case studies of environmental issues. The project employed a variety of qualitative research methods, including discourse analysis, gender analysis, and case studies to examine the role of gender in recent debates about the connections between security and the environment.

Nikki has also conducted research on climate change as a security issue, exploring the implications of linking a wide-ranging environmental issue to security debates. Her work has recently appeared in International InteractionsSecurity Studies, International Studies Perspectives, Global Environmental Politics, International Feminist Journal of Politics, and multiple edited volumes. Her first book, International Security and Gender, (Polity Press) was named to Choice's 2014 list of Outstanding Academic Titles.

 San Francisco, CA

Gender and the Environment