Every Friday, the International Studies Department will profile one of our amazing faculty members so you can get to know them better and see all the amazing work our faculty do!
Annick T. R. Wibben is Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where she also directs the Peace & Justice Studies program. Originally from Hamburg (Germany), Prof. Wibben went to a bilingual French-German High School and got her Vordiplom in Economics from the University of Hamburg, where she also completed a French specialist language program. She then moved to Finland to study International Relations and European Studies at the University of Tampere. After receiving her Masters of Social Science, she moved again – this time to the small seaside town of Aberystwyth, Wales (UK), where she received here Ph.D. from the oldest Department of International Politics in the world. Fortunately, as a scholar of global politics, she continues to have the opportunity travel around the world to present her work or teach specialized courses.
Before joining the USF faculty in 2005 – indeed, even before she finished her Ph.D., she worked as co-Investigator (with James Der Derian) of the Information Technology, War and Peace Project at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. She arrived in Providence, Rhode Island, a few weeks before September 11, 2001 and spent much of the first year at the Watson Institute working on rapid analysis of the events of 9/11 – curating an award-winning website which you should check out: infopeace.org. During her time on the East Coast, she also taught at Brown University and Bryant University as well as at Wellesley College where she was a Visiting Assistant Professor. During the fall 2003 semester she was a Rockefeller Humanities Fellow with the National Council for Research on Women and the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the CUNY Graduate Center in in New York City.
Her research straddles critical security and military studies, international theory, and feminist international relations. She also has a keen interest in questions of methodology, representation, and writing. Her current research reflects these varied interests, though she is most frequently associated with the field of Feminist Security Studies, which is the subject of a (free) special virtual issue of Security Dialogue on “A Decade of Feminist Security Studies Revisited” (with Maria Stern). More recently, she has also become involved in debates about feminist foreign (and security) policy, engaging in some non-academic debates also (e.g. “The Value of Feminist Scholarship on Security” Turkish Weekly, 8 March 2016). Having been interviewed by Swedish National Radio in December 2014 on her research, she has continued to work in this area, leading a webinar on the same topic for the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (check it out!).
She has published two books: Feminist Security Studies: A Narrative Approach (2011), which uses 9/11 as a case study to lay out how the way in which dominant security narratives frame events limits our imagination and precludes more creative approaches to address violence, and Researching War: Feminist Methods, Ethics & Politics (2016), an edited collection which showcases the difference that feminist approaches to studying war make in what we can see and how we can move beyond war. Her current research examines the varied experiences of women who have served in the U.S. military during the ‘Global War on Terror’ – here she is interested in connecting servicewomen’s everyday experiences to broader debates about the U.S. military (such as the decision to open all combat positions to women) as well as the deep militarization of U.S. society and its global effects.
As an immigrant, Prof. Wibben is dedicated to learning as much as possible about her adopted home – and to stand in solidarity with its most marginalized communities. This means that she is reading as much as she can about the settler colonial history of the U.S. (and she thinks you should too – you e.g. Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz’ An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States) as well as the native peoples who survived the genocide and still care for the land today (check out the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust initiative here in the Bay Area). She also thinks that #BlackLivesMatter and tries to not only learn more about the continuing impacts of slavery, which find its expression in the unique racialization of U.S. society, but to connect it to the global inequalities that she teaches about.
When she’s not busy with all of the above, Prof. Wibben can be found crossing town with her kids for their various activities, going for walks at Ocean Beach (especially when its foggy & windy, because that reminds her of home), or enjoying a coffee somewhere – preferably in her own back yard so she can check on how things are growing. She is often joined here by her cat, Coco, who loves all things academic (it’s an academicat!).