Shirley Graham is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Elliott School of International Affairs where she teaches graduate courses on Global Gender Policy and Gender, War and Peace; and undergraduate courses on Women and Global Politics. She is also the Director of the Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs which convenes the Elliott School’s curriculum, scholarly research and engagement in the policy and practice of promoting and achieving gender equality globally. Its aim is to equip future international affairs professionals with the knowledge and skills to apply a gender lens and to advance gender equality through broad areas of their future professional careers.
Shirley’s research interests include thematic areas under the women, peace and security agenda, including: gender and international peacekeeping, U.S. military gender advisors, women and peacebuilding processes, women’s empowerment and leadership post-conflict.
She has consulted on issues of women’s leadership and post-conflict reconciliation to the Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation, and on trainings for women’s advancement and political participation with Women for Election and IMPACT Trade Union. She conducted an Ireland-wide consultation on women, peace and security to inform Ireland’s first national action plan on women, peace and security (WPS) and represented the National Women’s Council of Ireland on the Department of Foreign Affairs WPS/UNSCR 1325 Monitoring & Evaluation Group from 2013 to 2014. She was the Co-ordinator of the Hanna’s House Feminist Peace Project (2008-2012) an NGO working with women from across the island of Ireland assessing the legacy of the Troubles and their impact on women’s lives. The project engaged with NGOS, policymakers, journalists and women’s community groups through participation in a series of seminars and conferences intended to develop awareness of feminist ideals of justice, equality and non-violence, promoting strategies for transformative change and articulation of a feminist peace.
Previously, Shirley was the UK Communications Manager for Unilever PLC, based in their HQ in London, where she managed projects ranging from arts and education in the community including the launch of the Unilever Arts Prize at the opening of the Tate Modern Art Gallery to leading the research team working on the first Unilever UK Reputation Survey.
Shirley received a PhD on Gender & International Peacekeeping from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth; and an MA in International Affairs with a focus on women, peace and security from Dublin City University and a Higher Diploma in Public Relations from the CAM Institute UK. Shirley is a research fellow at the Institute for International Conflict Resolution & Reconstruction (IICRR) at Dublin City University and is a member of the International Studies Association Gender Caucus and is on the Faculty Advisory Council of the Global Women’s Institute, George Washington University.