Exciting Talk by Professor Johnson

Janet Elise Johnson, Professor, Political Science, Brooklyn College, CUNY

“The Gender of Informal Politics:

Russia, Iceland and Twenty-First Century Male Dominance”


Co-sponsored by the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

4:30 to 6:00PM

Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, NYU, 53 Washington Square South, 3rd floor (new location)

Janet Elise Johnson is Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and Visiting Scholar, Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, New York University.  Her books include Gender Violence in Russia: The Politics of Feminist Intervention and Living Gender after Communism.  In the last few years, she has published articles in Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Social Policy, Politics & Gender, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, and Signs: Journals of Women in Culture and Society as well as online in The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, Boston Review, and The New Yorker.

This book argues that the primary political obstacle holding women back in the twenty-first century is a bait and switch promising but simultaneously undercutting gender equality. Through a comparison of Russia and Iceland, the book shows how this revised form of male dominance came about, how it constrains feminisms, and how activists are beginning to fight back. It argues that while feminist movements have made it harder for most countries to maintain formal rules discriminating against women, economic liberalization strengthened male-dominated elites in informal institutions. These elites offer women prominent roles as policymakers and in non-governmental organizations, but then box them in with little room to represent women’s interests. Activists’ attempts to shame countries for ignoring problems such as violence against women result in new laws, but, lacking the necessary funding and enforcement, violence and inequality intensify. Explaining this paradox is the principal focus for social scientists, policymakers, and activists concerned with gender equality, women’s social inclusion, and human rights.


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Resources on Campus:


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Learning Center: For assistance learning how to manage your time, study for exams, and write your papers, go to 1300 Boylan Hall or call 718-951-5821 or check out ttp://lc.brooklyn.cuny.edu/hl.html.


International Student and Scholar Services: “The Office of International Student and Scholar Services assists international students and scholars with visa and immigration processes and compliance, provides referrals to both on- and off-campus resources, and serves as an advocate for international students.” 235 West Quad Center or iss@brooklyn.cuny.edu.


Graduate Students Oraganization (GSO): “To create and maintain a graduate student community to further the quality of education of graduate students; to organize and hold colloquia, seminars and other functions on subjects of professional and/or academic interests to its members; to gather opinions from its membership on issues and interests of its student body and to make known these opinions; and to speak publicly in the name of the graduate student body on issues affecting their careers as graduate students and/or of interest to them as citizens after due process and public debate.” 309 Student Center or BrooklyncollegeGSO@gmail.com


Office of International Education & Global Engagement: “Studying in a foreign country is one of the most exciting opportunities that Brooklyn College extends to our students. Incorporating international experience into your college education earns credit toward your degree, strengthens your professional résumé, improves your foreign language skills, creates lifelong memories and broadens your perspectives on the world.” 1108 Boylan Hall or iege@brooklyn.cuny.edu or Facebook or Twitter.  Alice Gail Bier, Senior Director of International Education & Global Engagement, is really helpful.


Study Abroad Opportunity

The Office of International Education & Global Engagement at Brooklyn College would like to share one of our study abroad programs for this Winter-Intersession 2018, Cambodia: Human Rights and Transitional Justice, with students from Brooklyn College.

Program Dates:

December 27, 2017 – January 18, 2018 (Winter-Intersession)

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, all majors, and is of specific interest to students of criminal justice or pre-law, and those who plan to work in the field of international human rights.


About this Program:

— Study Retributive justice and restorative justice, two models which are used to address human rights abuses.

— Learn how to conduct interview-based research, teamwork building, and collaboration skills in a foreign environment.

— Understand how victims fight for justice, seek truth, and preserve memory in the aftermath of massive human rights abuses.

— Visit Cambodia’s world-famous historic sites, including the Royal palace in Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat, the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Siem Reap.

— Speak to villagers about their experiences during the Pol Pot regime and listen to their views of the current Khmer Rouge trial (translator provided).

— Visit the Extra Ordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) by the Cambodian Government and the United Nations (UN) and observe how the ECCC has been hailed as a

new model of hybrid justice.


Program Cost:

— Program fee: $2,038 (includes CISI health/travel insurance, program-related transportation in Cambodia, excursions, housing, and some meals).

— Brooklyn College tuition and fees for three or four credits.

— Out-of-pocket costs ($ 1,716 estimated minimum) for personal expenses, Internet/phone, visa, laundry, out-of-pocket meals, and international round-trip airfare.


Estimated Totaled Basic Program Cost: $3,754 plus Brooklyn College tuition for credits taken.


Read what students experienced on this program:


More information about the application, courses & credits, costs, etc. are available: http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/internationaleducation


Faculty Information:

BC faculty member is an expert in Social Justice and on Cambodia. Participants will benefit highly from the program leader’s extensive research in Cambodia and his experience as a survivor of the Cambodian Genocide.


The Program Director, Professor Kosal Path, will be glad to speak with you about the program:

Professor Kosal Path

Department of Political Science

3608 James Hall

P: 718.951.5306


Exciting Paid Internship Opportunity

Join the Peace Movement: Educate and Mobilize as a Campus Organizer

Who You Are: A current undergraduate student at a New York State private or public college or university who is committed to building political awareness & activism on your campus to defend diplomacy and human rights. Ideally, you are a rising sophomore or junior with prior campus or community leadership/activism experience, and demonstrable interest in human rights/political science.

What You’ll Do: Our campus organizers establish campus-recognized Peace Action chapters on their campuses. You’ll be part of a network of student organizers on over a dozen campuses throughout New York State, who are youth leaders in shaping U.S. foreign policy. Here are the resources and experiences you’ll have access to:

  • Join us for UN Conferences on a range of Peace Action campaigns. This year, seven PAFNYS students attended the historic UN conference to negotiate a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.
  • Be a part of our student activist community and receive trainings from leading peace and justice organizations. This past year, students received trainings from: Amnesty International, CODEPINK, Women Against War, ONE Campaign, FCNL & more.
  • Connect to field experts on U.S. foreign policy and military intervention. PAFNYS students have connected with experts in a range of fields, including: victim documentation in Yemen, U.S. defense spending, and Iraq War veterans.
  • Use Peace Action resources to learn about and take action on key legislation that matters to you, and join campaigns around military spending, refugee resettlement, arms sales, nuclear abolition, North Korea, Afghanistan and more. We’ll send you up to date resources on current legislation shaping U.S. foreign policy, and all the petitions, call scripts, town hall questions & other tools to make a difference.
  • Lobby your Representatives in your district and in Washington, D.C. Join Peace Action chapters across the country at our national organizer’s conference in Washington, D.C. to build on your local activism and strengthen our calls for peace and diplomacy.

How This Works: You’ll connect with our outreach director in weekly one-on-one check-in calls & connect to the entire PAFNYS student network and guest experts in monthly conference calls. The time commitment is about 10 hours per week and you’ll receive a $500 stipend check per semester.

Who We Are: Peace Action Fund of New York State is the state-affiliate of Peace Action, the nation’s largest grassroots peace advocacy organization. We work to support refugee resettlement, promote human rights, support survivor-centered advocacy to end war, abolish nuclear weapons, stop arms deals to nations committing war crimes, and redirect defense spending back into our communities and to programs that address the root causes of terrorism and climate change.


TO APPLY: Email your cover letter and resume to Emily Rubino at emily.rubino@panys.org with the subject line: APPLICATION: Campus Organizer [Brooklyn College]