The First Political Order: How Sex Shapes Governance and National Security Worldwide


Thursday, September 24, 2020, 12:00pm to 12:45pm


Online - WAPPP, HKS

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Dr. Valerie Hudson | University Distinguished Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair, Professor of International Affairs, Texas A&M University

The first political order in any society is the sexual political order established between males and females.  How does the character of that first political order affect the security, stability, and resilience of the nation-state? The US Department of Defense funded a research project to answer that very question . . .


Valerie M. Hudson is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of International Affairs at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, where she directs the Program on Women, Peace, and Security. She is a co-founder and co-PI on The WomanStats Project.  Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Minerva Initiative of the US Department of Defense, the Andrew Carnegie Foundation, the Compton Foundation, and others.  She is co-author of Bare BranchesSex and World PeaceThe Hillary Doctrine, and The First Political Order.

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