Dr Joanna Tidy

Lecturer in Politics

Contact Details:
Telephone: 0114 222 1691
Room: 2.20
Email: joanna.tidy@sheffield.ac.uk
Twitter: @JoannaTidy
Personal website: joannatidy.com


Dr Joanna Tidy is Lecturer in Politics. She was previously Anniversary Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2016-2018) within the Department and before that held positions in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol (UK), where she gained a Doctorate in Politics. She also holds an MSc in Social Science Research Methods, an MSc in International Relations and a LLB in Law.

Joanna’s research theorises the interrelation of war, gender, and military power and her work is at the intersections of critical and feminist international relations and interdisciplinary critical military studies. She is Encounters editor for the journal Critical Military Studies.


My approach to teaching is that it should be a lively, intellectual partnership between staff and students. To this end, firstly, I enjoy working with students to engage critically with the processes, assumptions and power underpinning academic knowledge and wider ‘common sense’ positions. I encourage students to trace the logics that structure what we know about a topic and unpack the political investments they represent. Secondly, I facilitate students to become fluent in topics through active and participatory engagement. I aim to build students’ skills and confidence as researchers, working with the principle that students should be active in applying theories and concepts and generating analyses throughout their degree.

PhD Supervision

I am always happy to hear from students planning to pursue doctoral research in areas including but not limited to:

  • Critical/feminist IR and security
  • Critical military studies
  • Gender
  • War
  • Militaries
  • Military power

My main focus at the moment is researching and writing a book on gender, war and the soldier beyond combat. Typically, the figure of the soldier and the interrelation of war, violence, and military and gendered power have been understood through the combat specialist. We have tended to follow these ‘combat soldiers’ into war and have theorised through them, developing concepts such as military/ised masculinities. We haven’t tended to follow those soldiers that make up the majority of contemporary western militaries: drivers, administrators, engineers, those who work in human resources, logistics, and supply, and so on. Doing so is the task of this project, grounded in an analysis of the British army and its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Previously I have published in the following areas:

  • Gender and anti-war politics in the US, including veterans’ anti-war politics, Chelsea Manning, and the Bergdahl case. I have particular interests in the politics of veteran authority and authenticity, and in the politics of motherhood and fatherhood in war and anti-war political subjectivity.
  • War, visuality, experience and the politics of the Collateral Murder footage
  • The conceptualisation of combat
  • Militarism, memorialisation and conscience capitalism

Throughout my work I am particularly interested in questions of method and form.

Publications and Papers

Joanna Tidy - Full Bibliography

Journal articles:

Tidy, J. (2018) ‘Fatherhood, Gender and Interventions in the Geopolitical: Analysing Paternal Peace, Masculinities and War’, International Political Sociology, 12(1): 2-18

Tidy, J. (2017) ‘The Operation and Subversion of Gendered War Discourses: Soldierhood, Motherhood and Military Dissent in the Public Production of Kimberly Rivera’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 19(4): 426-440

Millar, K.M. and J. Tidy. (2017) ‘Combat as a Moving Target: Masculinities, the Heroic Soldier Myth and Normative Martial Violence’, Critical Military Studies, 3(2): 142-160

Tidy, J. (2017) ‘Visual Regimes and the Politics of War Experience: Rewriting war ‘from above’ in WikiLeaks’ Collateral Murder’, Review of International Studies, 43(1): 95-111

Tidy, J. (2016) ‘The Gender Politics of “Ground Truth” in the Military Dissent Movement: The Power and Limits of Authenticity Claims Regarding War’, International Political Sociology, 10(2): 99-114

Tidy, J. (2015) ‘Forces Sauces and Eggs for Soldiers: Food, Nostalgia and the Rehabilitation of the British Military’, Critical Military Studies, 1(3): 220-232

Tidy, J. (2015) ‘Gender, Dissenting Subjectivity, and the Contemporary Military Peace Movement in Body of War’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 17(3): 454-472

Kadir, S and J. Tidy (2013) ‘Gays, Gaze and Aunty Gok: The Disciplining of Gender and Sexuality in How to Look Good Naked’, Feminist Media Studies, 13(2): 177-191

Tidy, J. (2012) ‘The Social Construction of Identity: Israeli Foreign Policy and the 2006 War in Lebanon’, Global Society, 26(4): 535-556

Edited Books:

Chisholm A. and J. Tidy eds. (forthcoming, 2018) Masculinities at the Margins, London & New York: Routledge

Book chapters:

Tidy, J. (2017) ‘(Re)producing an (Anti)military Masculinity: Popular Culture Representations of Gender and Military Dissent in the Figure of Ron Kovic’, in The International Handbook on Gender and the Military, Rachel Woodward and Claire Duncanson (editors), Palgrave, pp. 509-523

Special issue/section introductions:

Chisholm, A. and J. Tidy, (2017) ‘Introduction: Beyond the Hegemonic in the Study of Militaries, Masculinities and War’, Critical Military Studies, 3(2): 99-102

Book reviews:

Tidy, J. (2011) 'Book Reviews: US Military Opposition to the War in Iraq', International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, Vol. 5. No. 1, pp. 160-163

Tidy, J. (2011) 'Reviews: 'Re-Imagining the War on Terror: Seeing, Waiting, Travelling', International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, Vol. 5. No. 2, pp. 304-306

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