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June 8, 2010

I don’t have a lot to say intellectually about the BP oil spill… others can do that perhaps more coherently. But between Hurricane Ivan and the oil washing up, the town I grew up in …well, is a very different place. There’s a sense of decenteredness that comes with that, and I got to thinking …maybe that’s just a small little piece of what a lot of people in conflict zones and disaster areas feel every day. Maybe. So even in the decenteredness … I’m pretty lucky.

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Laura Sjoberg is British Academy Global Professor of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway University of London and Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. Her research addresses issues of gender and security, with foci on politically violent women, feminist war theorizing, sexuality in global politics, and political methodology. She teaches, consults, and lectures on gender in global politics, and on international security. Her work has been published in more than 50 books and journals in political science, law, gender studies, international relations, and geography.