Monday, October 21, 2019
1:00–2:15 p.m.


Blodgett Hall Room 201

Gender Trouble in the U.S. Military

Stephanie Szitanyi

Join Adelphi alumna Dr. Stephanie Sztianyi (2005) as she discusses her new book, Gender Trouble in the U.S. Military, and 100 years of (supposed) increased gender inclusion in the armed forces.

As the military has made a series of policy shifts on the integration of open homosexuality, the end of the combat ban on women, the endemic nature of military sexual assault, and transgender personnel in the last 100 years, we ask what is the current relationship between gender and contemporary military service in the United States? Has this series of policy shifts removed the importance of traditional forms of masculinity as the focal point of military service? Szitanyi uses feminist analysis to argue that despite policy changes that may be positioned as explicit episodes of degendering, military officials have simultaneously moved to counteract them and reinforce the institution’s gender regime of hetero-male privilege. Importantly, these (re)gendering processes continue to prioritize certain forms of service and sacrifice, through which a specific version of masculinity—the masculine warrior—is continuously promoted, preserved, and cemented.

Stephanie Szitanyi is the Assistant Dean of Part-Time Faculty Affairs at the Schools of Public Engagement at The New School, and author of the book, Gender Trouble in the U.S. Military: Challenges to Regimes of Male Privilege. Dr. Szitanyi earned her BA in International Studies (political science track) from Adelphi University (Class of 2005), her MA in International Relations from Central European University (2006), and her PhD in Political Science from Rutgers University (2016). Her scholarship has been published in the International Feminist Journal of Politics and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture in Society. She is also an op-ed contributor for the online news source The Hill, and the NY Daily News. Her research focuses on women in the military, female political representation and the militarization of American culture.

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