Director, Gender Equality Initiative (GEIA)

Dr. Shirley Graham

Dr. Shirley Graham is the Director of the Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs (GEIA) and Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School, GW. She is also a Research Fellow affiliated with the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction at Dublin City University. Her PhD examined gendering processes within militaries that position women and men in particular roles formally and informally, supporting or inhibiting women’s access to peacekeeping missions. Shirley conducted her research in Kosovo and completed her PhD at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Dr. Graham’s current research interests include women and peace-building, women’s economic empowerment, and gender-based violence. Her practitioner work includes evaluating progress and strategic planning for the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence (14 humanitarian and development INGOs); coordinating the Hanna’s House cross-border feminist peace-building project in Ireland/Northern Ireland; women’s leadership and political training for Women for Election, IMPACT Trade Union, and the Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation.