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Julia Welland

Associate Professor of War Studies

Email: J dot Welland at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24765 73457
Room: D1.19
Advice and feedback hours: Wednesday 2-3pm and Friday 3-4pm via MS Teams (please use online booking form).

Please note from week 3, term 2 I will be taking a period of parental leave and therefore not in a position to supervise UG dissertations during the academic year 2021/22.


I joined PAIS in September 2013 as a Teaching Fellow after completing my PhD at the University of Manchester. I was appointed Assistant Professor of War Studies in September 2016 and completed a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (September 2016 - August 2020). I am an Associate Editor of the journal Critical Military Studies.

Research interests

My research interests coalesce around gender, race, war and militarism. Increasingly, I am interested in exploring the intersections between feminist security studies and feminist political economy, in particular the politics around gender, social reproduction and war-making.

My Leverhulme project (2016-2020) used three sites of contemporary 'cultural militarism' (the Invictus Games, Warrior Games and the Ms Veteran America contest) to explore how militarism was affectively felt by those involved. The project is interested in interrogating why despite the physical, emotional and affective harms militarism generates (to service members, veterans and their families), individuals continue to affectively invest in it as a structure and logic of global politics. The project draws on insights from a range of theoretical approaches including feminism, critical race theory, critical disability studies, feminist political economy, and feminist cultural theory. I am currently in the process of writing up this research for publication as a manuscript.

More generally my research interests include:

  • Feminist approaches to global politics
  • War, militarism and militarisation
  • Social reproduction
  • Critical Military Studies

Teaching and supervision

During 2021/22 I am convening the first year undergraduate module PO135, Nine Ideas in International Security and the final-year module PO3A7, Gender, War and Militarism.

I am interested in supervising PhD projects that utilise feminist approaches to global politics and/or those within the subfield of Critical Military Studies.


Journal articles

  • Julia Welland (forthcoming), 'Feeling and militarism at Ms Veteran America', International Feminist Journal of Politics. Available here:
  • Synne L. Dyvik and Julia Welland (2018), 'War ink: sense-making and curating war through military tattoos', International Political Sociology, 12(4): pp. 346-361.
  • Julia Welland (2018), 'Joy and war: reading pleasure in wartime experience', Review of International Studies, 44(3): pp. 438-455.
  • Julia Welland (2017), 'Violence and the contemporary soldiering body', Security Dialogue, 48(6): pp. 524-540.
  • Julia Welland (2015), 'Liberal warriors and the violent colonial logics of ‘Partnering and Advising', International Feminist Journal of Politics, 17(2): pp. 289-307.
  • Julia Welland (2013), 'Militarised violences, basic training and the myths of asexuality and discipline', Review of International Studies, 39(4): pp. 881-902.

Edited collections

  • Julia Welland, Simona Sharoni, Linda Steiner and Jennifer Pedersen (2016), Handbook on Gender and War, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Book chapters

  • Julia Welland (2019), 'Gender and war' in Routledge Handbook on Gender and Security edited by Caron E. Gentry, Laura Sjoberg and Laura Shepherd, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Julia Welland and Simona Sharoni (2016), 'Revisiting the relationship between gender and war: reflections on theory, research, activism and policy' in in Handbook on Gender and War, Julia Welland et al (eds), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Julia Welland (2016), “Gender and ‘Population-Centric’ Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan” in Handbook on Gender and War, Julia Welland et al (eds), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. (This chapter will also appear in a forthcoming edited collection: Unconventional Warfare edited by Brian Hughes and Fergus Robson, Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Julia Welland (2015), 'Compassionate soldiering and comfort' in Emotions, Politics and War, Linda Ahall and Thomas Gregory (eds), Abingdon: Routledge.