Meet Kara Hooser, 2021 APSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grantee

The American Political Science Association is pleased to announce the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) Awardees for 2021. The APSA DDRIG program provides support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation research in political science. Awards support basic research which is theoretically derived and empirically oriented.

Kara Hooser, The Ohio State University

Kara Hooser is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at The Ohio State University and will defend her dissertation in June 2023. Her research interests include feminist peace studies, postcolonial feminisms, and the Women, Peace, and Security agenda. Her dissertation, “Violence as Peace: Masculinities and Everyday Violence in Post-Conflict Spaces,” explores the relationship between war-linked masculinities and the persistence of everyday violence in spaces where the concept of ‘positive peace’ has been at the heart of peacebuilding efforts in the aftermath of conflict. She argues that socialization into particular gender scripts during war, especially militarized masculinities, plays a key role in the proliferation of violence in the post-conflict moment. These gender scripts underlie the shared understandings of violence and peace through which both the conflict and its possibilities for resolution are imagined. Supported by two case studies, her project treats peace as a daily practice; that is, the everyday practices and experiences of ordinary people are where peace is made and unmade. Funds from the APSA-DDRIG will be used to conduct fieldwork, namely interviews and focus groups, in Northern Ireland and Burundi. Prior to OSU, she earned her MA in International Relations and a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies from St. Mary’s University at San Antonio, as well as her BA, with distinction, from North Carolina State University.