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Honorary Degree Recipient

Cynthia Enloe

Cynthia Enloe is a research professor in the International Development, Community, and Environment Department at Clark University.

Professor Enloe's feminist teaching and research have focused on the interplay of women's politics in the national and international arenas, with special attention to how women's labor is made cheap in globalized factories (especially sneaker factories) and how women's emotional and physical labor has been used to support many governments' war-waging policies—and how diverse women have tried to resist both of those efforts. Racial, class, ethnic and national identities as well as pressures shaping ideas about femininities and masculinities are common threads throughout her studies.

Cynthia Enloe was awarded the International Studies Association's Susan Strange Award in 2007, in recognition of "a person whose singular intellect, assertiveness, and insight most challenge conventional wisdom and organizational complacency in the international studies community during the previous year." In 2008, she was awarded the Susan B. Northcutt Award, presented annually by the Women's Caucus for International Studies, of the International Studies Association, to recognize "a person who actively works toward recruiting and advancing women and other minorities in the profession, and whose spirit is inclusive, generous and conscientious." In 2010, Enloe was awarded the Peace and Justice Studies Association's Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement Award.

Her career has included Fulbrights in Malaysia and Guyana, and guest professorships in Japan, Britain and Canada, as well as lecturing in Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Germany, Korea, Turkey and at universities around the U.S. Her books and articles have been translated into Spanish, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, and German. She has written for Ms. Magazine and has appeared on National Public Radio, Al Jazeera and the BBC.