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J. Ann Tickner
Judith Ann Tickner

1937 (age 86–87)
London, England
  • American
  • English
SpouseHayward Alker (d. 2007)
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisSelf-Reliant Development Versus Power Politics (1983)
Academic work
DisciplinePolitical science
Sub-disciplineInternational relations
School or traditionFeminism
Doctoral studentsLaura Sjoberg
Notable works
  • Self-Reliance Versus Power Politics (1987)
  • "You Just Don't Understand" (1997)
  • Gendering World Politics (2001)

Judith Ann Tickner (born 1937)[1] is an Anglo-American feminist international relations (IR) theorist. Tickner is a distinguished scholar in residence at the School of International Services, American University, Washington DC.


Tickner served as president of the International Studies Association (ISA) from 2006 to 2007.[2] Since 2011, the ISA give out the J. Ann Tickner Award.[3]

After fifteen years as a Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, Tickner recently became a distinguished scholar in residence at the School of International Services, American University, Washington DC,[4] On June 4, 1999, Tickner received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uppsala University, Sweden.[5]

Her books include Gendering World Politics: Issues and Approaches in the Post-Cold War Era (Columbia University Press, 2001), Gender in International Relations: Feminist Perspectives on Achieving International Security (Columbia University Press, 1992), and Self-Reliance Versus Power Politics: American and Indian Experiences in Building Nation-States (Columbia University Press, 1987). One of Tickner's most famous journal articles was the piece "You Just Don't Understand" (International Studies Quarterly (1997) 41, 611-632), which critiqued mainstream international relations theorists for the omission of gender from their theory and practice.[6] Whilst mainstream scholars argued that feminists should develop scientific, falsifiable theories, Tickner argued against this assertion, claiming that it misunderstood one of the premises of feminist IR. Most feminist IR theory takes a strongly deconstructivist approach to knowledge, arguing that theories reflect the gendered social positioning of their authors; they therefore questioned positivist ("scientific") methods for obscuring the gendered politics of knowledge construction. She favors a social, "bottom-up" method of analysis that makes the role of women in IR visible, as opposed to the usual scientific methodologies that are "top-down" and focus on traditionally masculinist subjects, including men, money, and war. Feminist approaches to international relations are a phenomenon of the post–Cold War period. Feminist scholarly research began in the 1980s in various academic disciplines, from literature to psychology to history.

Tickner was married to Hayward Alker until his death in 2007.[7]

Published works

See also


  1. ^ Lamb, Peter; Robertson-Snape, Fiona (2017). Historical Dictionary of International Relations. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 292. ISBN 978-1-5381-0169-8.
  2. ^ Erickson, Karen; Prügl, Elisabeth (2010-03-01). "Women and Academic Organizations in International Studies". Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190846626.013.428. ISBN 978-0-19-084662-6. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  3. ^ "J. Ann Tickner Award". Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  4. ^ Mershon Center
  5. ^ Naylor, David. "Honorary doctorates - Uppsala University, Sweden". Retrieved Apr 5, 2021.
  6. ^ Tickner, J. Ann (1997-12-01). "You Just Don't Understand: Troubled Engagements Between Feminists and IR Theorists". International Studies Quarterly. 41 (4): 611–632. doi:10.1111/1468-2478.00060. hdl:1885/41080. ISSN 0020-8833.
  7. ^ "In Memoriam: Hayward Alker > News > USC Dornsife". Retrieved 2017-03-29.


Professional and academic associations Preceded byWilliam Thompson President of the International Studies Association 2006–2007 Succeeded byJack Levy