Dr Jenny Mathers BA Mount Holyoke College MPhil University of Oxford DPhil University of Oxford

Senior Lecturer in International Politics

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Department of International Politics

Phone: 01970 622705


Jenny Mathers received her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College in the United States and her MPhil and DPhil from Oxford University. She joined the Department in 1992 while completing her DPhil thesis on Soviet ballistic missile defence policy from Stalin to Gorbachev. Her teaching and research spans two broad areas: Russian politics and security and gender and war.


PhD Supervision
Russian politics
Russian security
Civil-military relations
Women and war
Gender and security

Research interests

Jenny Mathers is currently working on several related projects that focus on different aspects of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, including a book that examines the crisis from the perspective of feminist security studies. She is also the co-editor (with Veronica Kitchen) and a contributor to Heroism and Global Politics (Routledge, 2018).


During the 2022-23 academic year, Jenny is the Department's social media officer and a member of the admissions team.