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Lisa Sharlach

Associate Professor and Director, Women's and Gender StudiesThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Heritage Hall 404
(205) 934-8675

Research and Teaching Interests: Comparative politics, African politics, women and world politics, developing world politics, Asian politics

Office Hours: By appointment only


  • BA, University of California, Santa Cruz, Politics and Women's Studies
  • MA, University of California, Davis, Political Science
  • PhD, University of California, Davis, Political Science

Lisa Sharlach's subfields are comparative politics (with a regional emphasis on Africa), international relations, and women's studies. The focus of her research is the intersection of ethnicity, gender, and political violence (particularly terrorism, torture, and genocide).

  • Recent Courses

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    • Introduction to Comparative Politics
    • Introduction to International Relations
    • African Politics
    • Riot, Resist, Revolt
    • Women and World Politics
    • Women and War
    • Politics of Development
  • Select Publications
    • "State Regulation of Rape Insurance in India and South Africa," International Journal of Politics and Good Governance 1 (No. 3, 2010).
    • "Veil and Four Walls: A State of Terror in Pakistan," Critical Studies on Terrorism 1 (No. 1, 2008): 95-110.
    • "Gender and Genocide in Rwanda: Women as Agents and Objects of Genocide," Journal of Genocide Research 1 (No. 3, 1999):387-99.