Howell, Alison

Assistant Professor6286 Alison Howell 2018 09 28 3de48

Political Science at Rutgers University, Newark


Tel: 973-353-5195

Office: 730 Hill Hall

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Research Interests

International security and critical security studies; Military organizations and warfare; Global mental health, trauma and resilience; Humanitarianism; Military science and scientific racism; Science and Technology Studies; Historical International Relations; Feminist, Critical Race, and Disability Theory

Biographical Notes

Alison Howell is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, Newark, where she is also an affiliate member of Women's and Gender Studies, the Division of Global Affairs, and Global Urban Studies. She previously held research fellowships at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) and in Politics, both at the University of Manchester, as well as a Fulbright at Brown University and SUNY. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal Critical Military Studies, an editorial board member of Critical Studies on Security and International Political Sociology, and a member of the Costs of War project.

Using feminist, critical race, and disability studies approaches, Dr. Howell has written on topics relating to the international relations of medicine, technoscience, security and warfare. Her first book, Madness in International Relations examined the role of psychology in global security practices. Her work has also been published in journals such as the Review of International Studies, Security Dialogue, Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, Millennium: Journal of International Studies; the International Feminist Journal of Politics, the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Studies in Social Justice, and International Political Sociology.

Selected Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

  • Santander International Mobility Grant, 2016
  • Fulbright Fellowship and Chair, Brown University and SUNY, 2010-2011.
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), the University of Manchester, 2010-2012.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2008-2010.
  • The Yumika Iida Memorial Prize for Best PhD Thesis, Political Science, York University, 2008.
  • Ambassador Gary J. Smith Award, 2007.
  • Canadian Consortium on Human Security Doctoral Fellowship, 2006-2007.
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, 2002-2006.


Race and Security Studies. Under contract with Oxford University Press. Co-authored with Melanie Richter-Montpetit.

ExternalMadness in International Relations: Psychology, Security and the Global Governance of Mental Health.Book Series: ‘Interventions,’ series editors: Jenny Edkins and Nick Vaughan-Williams. London: Routledge, 2011.

Edited Volumes

ExternalGlobal Health in International Relations.” Review of International Studies. 40:5 (December 2014). Co-edited with Sara E. Davies, Stefan Elbe, and Colin McInnes.

 “ExternalToward an International Political Sociology of Health and Medicine.” International Political Sociology.6:3, (September 2012).

 “ExternalThe Politics of Resilience and Recovery in Mental Health Care.”  Studies in Social Justice.  6:2, (Autumn 2012).  Co-edited with Jijian Voronka.

 Selected Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

"Racism in Foucauldian Security Studies" International Political Sociology, forthcoming 2019.

"ExternalForget Militarization: Race, Disability, and the Martial Politics of the Police and of the UniversityInternational Feminist Journal of Politics.  20: 2 (2018): 117-136.

"External"Neuroscience and War: Human Enhancement, Soldier Rehabilitation, and the Ethical Limits of Dual-use Frameworks."  Millennium: Journal of International Studies. 45:2 (2017): 133-150 

ExternalResilience, War, and Austerity: The Ethics of Military Human Enhancement and the Politics of Data.” Security Dialogue. 46:1 (February 2015): 15-31 .

 “ExternalThe Global Politics of Medicine: Beyond Global Health, Against Securitization Theory.” Review of International Studies. 40:5 (December 2014): 961-87.

 “ExternalThe Demise of PTSD: From Governing Trauma to Governance through Resilience.” Alternatives: Global, Local, Political.  Special issue on ‘Governing Traumatic Events’ guest edited by James Brassett and Nick Vaughan-Williams.  36:2 (May 2012).

ExternalHuman Interest and Humane Governance in Iraq: Humanitarian War and the Baghdad Zoo.”  Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding.  6:2 (2012).  Co-authored with Andrew Neal.

ExternalSovereignty, Security, Psychiatry: Liberation and the Failure of Mental Health Governance in Iraq.” Security Dialogue. 41:4 (August 2010): 347-67.

ExternalVictims or Madmen? The Diagnostic Competition over ‘Terrorist’ Detainees at Guantánamo Bay.” International Political Sociology. 1:1 (March 2007): 29-47.

Selected Book Chapters

“Health, Medicine and the Bio-Sciences” ExternalRoutledge Handbook of International Political Sociology. Pinar Bilgin and Xavier Guillaume, eds.  London: Routledge, 2016.

“Making War Work: Resilience, Emotional Fitness, and Affective Economies in Western Militaries” ExternalEmotions, Politics and War. Linda Ahall and Thomas Gregory, eds.  London: Routledge, forthcoming, 2015.

“Medicine and the Psy Disciplines.” ExternalResearch Design in Critical Security Studies. Can E. Mutlu and Mark Salter, eds.  London: Routledge, 2012.

“The Art of Governing Trauma: Treating PTSD in the Canadian Military as a Foreign Policy Practice” ExternalCanadian Foreign Policy in Critical Perspective. Beier & Wylie (eds.).  Oxford University Press, 2009.

Editor’s Introductions, Forum Contributions and Response Articles

"ExternalFrom Killing to Mortality? History and Race in Death and SecurityCritical Studies on Security, 5(2): 2017.

ExternalResilience as Enhancement: Governmentality and Political Economy beyond ‘Responsibilisation’” Politics. 35:1 (2015): 67-71. (Invited response to a special issue on resilience)

ExternalGlobal Health in International Relations: Editor’s Introduction.” Review of International Studies. 40:5 (December 2014): 825-34. Co-authored equally with Sara E. Davies, Stefan Elbe and Colin McInnes.

ExternalIntroduction: Toward an International Political Sociology of Health and Medicine.” International Political Sociology. 6:3, (September 2012): 315-16.

ExternalThe International Political Sociology of Psychology and Mental Health.” International Political Sociology. 6:3, (September 2012): 331-33.

ExternalIntroduction: The Politics of Resilience and Recovery in Mental Health Care.” Studies in Social Justice. 6:2, (Autumn 2012): 1-7. Co-authored with Jijian Voronka.

Public Engagement

ExternalAfghanistan’s Price.” Literary Review of Canada. November 2011. External

“The War Comes Home: The Toll of War and the Shifting Burden of Care.” The Costs of War: An Accounting of the US Response to 9/11.  Report of the Watson Institute, Brown University and the Eisenhower Research Project.  Co-authored with Dr. Zoe H. Wool