Siobhan Byrne, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Political Science Dept

Pronouns: she, her


Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Political Science Dept
(780) 492-2066
10-28 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4


Area of Study / Keywords

feminist anti-war activism peace studies conflict resolution gender and power-sharing


Siobhan Byrne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Certificate in Peace and Post-Conflict Studies at the University of Alberta. Her teaching and research focus on post-conflict transitions to peace, feminist anti-war activism, and feminist interventions in International Relations theory. 


Siobhan Byrne's research and teaching sit at the nexus of peace and conflict studies and feminist international relations. She is currently working on a SSHRC-funded book project with Allison McCulloch on gender and conflict resolution in contemporary sites of conflict. The book develops a feminist theory of powersharing that brings together consociational approaches to conflict resolution and the UN-led women, peace and security agenda. She is also completing a manuscript that explores the relationship between identity politics and solidarity in local and transnational feminist peace movements in Israel/Palestine and Northern Ireland. For further information about her research, please visit


Siobhan Byrne's research and teaching expertise include theories of International Relations, particularly feminist and other critical approaches; peace and post-conflict studies; conflict resolution and peacebuilding in ethnicized conflicts like Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine and Afghanistan; the international gender, peace and security agenda; local and transnational feminist anti-war activism; and other research topics that relate to themes of gender, militarization and security.

Dr. Byrne welcomes applications from prospective graduate students interested in themes such as feminist anti-war activism, identity politics in conflict zones, feminist international relations, and peacebuilding and conflict resolution.  


POL S 250 - The Politics of Gender

An examination of gender, diversity and relations of power in political life. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.

POL S 464 - Gender, Conflict and Security

Approaches and debates in international relations and security studies, such as feminist foreign policy, gender and militarism, anti-war activism, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, feminist intersectional perspectives. Prerequisite: Any 200-level POL S course or consent of the Department.

POL S 596 - Topics in Gender and Politics

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