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Miriam Anderson

Miriam Anderson

Associate Professor
EducationPhD (Politics and International Studies): Cambridge (UK)
Phone(416) 979-5000 x 556260

Biography

Miriam Anderson is Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) for the 2022-2023 academic year while on sabbatical. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in Politics and International Studies and a B.A. (International Relations) and M.A. (Political Science) from the University of British Columbia. She researches non-state actors in international security, specializing on women’s participation in peace processes and in post-conflict politics. She is currently completing two Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)-funded projects, the first of which explores the impact of gender-inclusive peace negotiations on women’s political influence in post-conflict politics and the second which follows a transnational women’s peace activist group following the collapse of a peace process. She is currently co-editing a special issue of International Negotiation with Galia Golan (Hebrew University) on women and Track I civil war peace negotiations.

Anderson has published two books: Windows of Opportunity: How Women Seize Peace Negotiations (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Transnational Actors in War and Peace: Militants, Activists, and Corporations in World Politics (Georgetown University Press, 2017) eds. with David Malet. Her work has also been published in Politics & Gender, Journal of Refugee Studies, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, and Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. She has held visiting scholar positions at the Institute for African Studies, Elliot School for International Affairs, George Washington University; Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp; and at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

From 1999-2002, Dr. Anderson served as a human rights monitor for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to the Republic of Croatia. During this period she also monitored elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in Croatia for the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). Anderson has volunteered with grassroots organizations in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Books:

  • Malet, David and Miriam J. Anderson (eds.) (2017), Transnational Actors in War and Peace: Militants, Activists, and Corporations in World Politics. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. 
    • Reviewed in CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (Morris, 2017); H-Net Online: H-War (Pfannenstiel, 2018); H-Net Online: H-Diplo (Karabegovic, 2018) 
  • Anderson, Miriam J. (2016). Windows of Opportunity: How Women Seize Peace Negotiations for Political Change. New York: Oxford University Press.
    • Honorable mention, J. David Singer ISA Midwest 2019 Book Award
    • Reviewed in American Review of Politics (Beardsley, 2018); Sex Roles (Waylen, 2017); Political Studies Review (Romaniuk, 2017); Perspectives on Politics (Meger, 2017); LSE Review of Books (J. Thomson, 2016)

Articles:

  • "From Peace Talks to Parliaments: The Microprocesses Propelling Women into Formal Politics Following War" (with Marc Valade) International Negotiation (Forthcoming).
  • There for the Moment: Extra-Legislative Windows of Opportunity for Women’s Social Movements in Politics, A Comparison of Canada and Northern Ireland, external link” (with Jamie Gillies). Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 56:2 (2018): 157-176.
  • “Peace Accords and the Adoption of Electoral Quotas for Women in the Developing World, 1990-2006” (with Liam Swiss). Politics & Gender 10:1 (2014): 33-61.
  • "The UN Principles on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons (The Pinheiro Principles): Suggestions for Improved Applicability." Journal of Refugee Studies 24:2 (2011): 304-322.
  • “Transnational Feminism and Norms in Peace Processes: The Cases of Burundi and Northern Ireland.” Journal of Intervention and State-Building 4:1 (2010). pp. 1-21.

Chapters:

  • “Introduction: The Transnational Century” (with David Malet). In Transnational Actors in War and Peace: Militants, Activists, and Corporations in World Politics, ed. David Malet and Miriam J. Anderson, 1-23. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2017.
  • “Women’s Advocacy Groups in Peace Negotiations.” In Transnational Actors in War and Peace: Militants, Activists, and Corporations in World Politics, ed. David Malet and Miriam J. Anderson, 185-196. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2017.
  • “Conclusion: Complex Transnationalism” (with David Malet). In Transnational Actors in War and Peace: Militants, Activists, and Corporations in World Politics, ed. David Malet and Miriam J. Anderson, 215-220. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2017.
  • “From Principle to Policy: The Emergence, Implementation and Re-Articulation of the Right to Post-Conflict Property Repossession.” In Implementation and World Politics: How International Norms Change Practice, ed. Alexander Betts and Phil Orchard, 195-210. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • “Gender and Peacemaking: Women's Rights in Contemporary Peace Agreements.” In Peacemaking: From Practice to Theory, Volume I, ed. Susan Allen Nan, Zachariah Mampilly, and Andrea Bartoli, 344-377. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Security International, 2011.

Other:

Dr. Miriam Anderson researches non-state actors in international security, specializing on women’s participation in peace processes and in post-conflict. She is currently completing a project using social network analysis to determine the impact of gender-inclusive peace negotiations on women’s political influence in post-conflict politics. She teaches courses on international relations, qualitative research methods, women and international security, and women and politics.

  • Women's Social Networks and Peace Promotion, 2018-2020
    SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Principal Investigator.
  • Women's Advancement through Peace Negotiations Ending Civil Wars, 2018-2022
    SSHRC Insight Grant, Principal Investigator.
  • Sustaining Women's Gains Made in Peace Negotiations, 2014-2017
    SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Principal Investigator.
  • Transnational Actors in War and Peace, 2014-2016
    SSHRC Connection Grant, Principal Investigator [with David Malet, co-applicant]