Please join the Mershon Center's American Foreign and Military Policy Research Cluster for a discussion with Dr. Cynthia Burack, a political theorist and professor of women's, gender, and sexuality studies here at Ohio State. She will discuss important work from her 2018 book Because We Are Human: Contesting U.S. Support for Gender and Sexuality Human Rights Abroad. Dr. Burack will examine the Obama administration's shift to supporting LGBTI rights organizations in places like Russia and Africa as well as the Trump administration's LGBTI human rights record. We hope to see you there!
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Cynthia works in the areas of feminist political theory, political psychology, religion and politics, and sexuality studies. Her research focuses on identity groups and their ideologies and cultures. Before coming to OSU, she taught at George Washington University and the University of Florida in both political science and women's studies. With Jyl J. Josephson, she edits a book series in Queer Politics and Cultures at State University of New York Press.
Her current research focuses on U.S. government advocacy for sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) human rights and the Christian conservative movement's opposition to SOGI human rights.
The American Foreign and Military Policy research cluster is an initiative of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University. The cluster focuses on the study of US foreign relations, US defense policy, and international relations, diplomacy, and war as they affect US foreign policy and military affairs in contemporary and historical contexts. The cluster examines these elements of power from both American and foreign viewpoints in order to understand both the domestic drivers of policy and the impact of other nations on it. The cluster examines foreign and military affairs holistically, along with all elements of power – diplomatic, economic, military, informational, financial, intelligence, cultural, and legal – that have an impact on them.