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Dr. Nicole Detraz
DetrazDr. Nicole Detraz

Assistant Professor, Political Science

Phone: 901-678-2395

Fax: 901-678-2983


Office: 403 Clement Hall


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About Nicole Detraz

Dr. Detraz joined the Political Science department in 2009. She specializes in international relations, and environmental politics. Her research centers on the intersections of security, the environment, and gender.  She was awarded the Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014, and the College of Arts and Sciences Early Career Research Award in 2013. She teaches courses on scope and methods of Political Science, theories of international relations, international conflict and security, and global environmental politics.


Research Interests

Global Environmental Politics; Gender and International Relations; Security Studies


Teaching Interests

International Relations; Environmental Politics



Ph.D., Colorado State University, 2009; MA, Colorado State University, 2005; BA, Louisiana State University, 2002.


Sample Publications


Environmental Security and Gender. (2014) Routledge Research in Environmental Security series. New York: Routledge. ISBN: 9781138789104.

International Security and Gender. (2012) Malden, MA: Polity Press. ISBN: 9780745651163. (Named to Choice's 2014 list of Outstanding Academic Titles.) 

Articles and Book chapters

Detraz, Nicole. (2014) “Gender and International Environmental Politics.” In Palgrave’s Advances in International Environmental Politics. Second edition. Michele Betsill, Kathryn Hochstetler, and Dimitris Stevis, eds. Boulder: Palgrave Macmillan. 137-160.

Detraz, Nicole and Leah Windsor. (2014) “Evaluating Climate Migration: Population Movement, Insecurity and Gender.” International Feminist Journal of Politics. 16(1): 127-146.

Detraz, Nicole. (2013) “Gender and Environmental Security.” In Environmental Security: Approaches and Issues. Rita Floyd and Richard A. Matthew, eds. New York: Routledge. 154-168.

Detraz, Nicole. (2011) “Threats or Vulnerabilities? Assessing the Link Between Climate Change and Security.” Global Environmental Politics. 11(3): 104-120.

Detraz, Nicole. (2010) “The Genders of Environmental Security.” In Gender and International Security: Feminist Perspectives. Laura Sjoberg, ed. New York: Routledge. 103-125.

Detraz, Nicole. (2009) “Environmental Security and Gender: Necessary Shifts in an Evolving Debate.” Security Studies. 18(2): 345-369.

Detraz, Nicole and Michele Betsill. (2009) “Climate Change and Environmental Security: For Whom the Discourse Shifts.” International Studies Perspectives. 10(3): 303-320.



Assistant Professor in Department of Political Science, University of Memphis (Fall 2009 to present); Interim Director of the International Studies Program, University of Memphis (Fall 2014 to Summer 2015); Academic Coordinator for the Governor's School for International Studies, University of Memphis (Fall 2014 to Spring 2015); Graduate Coordinator for Department of Political Science, University of Memphis (Summer 2013 to Summer 2014).




Detraz, Nicole (2014) Environmental Security and Gender. Routledge.

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