Valerie Hudson

Professor, Chair Bush School’s Program on Women, Peace, and Security

Region(s): Global
Country of focus: United States
Based in College station, Texas


Current Occupation: Professor, Chair Bush School’s Program on Women, Peace, and Security
Organization/Institution: Texas A&M University, Department of International Affairs, The Bush School of Government and Public Service

An expert on international security and foreign policy analysis, as well as gender and security, Dr. Valerie Hudson received her PhD in political science at The Ohio State University and joined  to Texas A&M University faculty  in 2012 as the George H.W. Bush Chair where she directs the Bush School’s Program on Women, Peace, and Security.

In 2009, Foreign Policy named her one of the top 100 Most Influential Global Thinkers. Her co-authored book, Bare Branches: Security Implications of Asia’s Surplus Male Population, and the research it presents, received major attention from the media with coverage in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, BBC, CNN, and numerous other outlets. The book also received two national book awards. Her co-authored book is Sex and World Peace, published by Columbia University Press and named by Gloria Steinem as one of the top three books on her reading list. Her most recent book, with Patricia Leidl, is The Hillary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy, published in June 2015. Hudson was also recently named a Distinguished Scholar of Foreign Policy Analysis by the International Studies Association.

Dr. Hudson has developed a nation-by-nation database on women, the WomanStats Database, that has triggered both academic and policy interest. Using this data, Hudson and her co-principal investigators from The WomanStats Project have published a wide variety of empirical work linking the security of women to the security of states, with research appearing in International Security, the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Peace Research, Political Psychology, and Politics and Gender. Her research and teaching experience is also complemented by three major teaching awards and numerous research awards, and she has recently been awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. Hudson was also a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the Australian National University in early 2017.