Nicole Detraz


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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 received a Dunavant Professorship in Fall 2017. Dr. Detraz has also been awarded the W. Russell Smith Award for Teaching Excellence in 2015, 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


Gender and the Environment. (2017) Malden, MA: Polity Press. ISBN: 9780745663821.

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.)

Selected Articles and Book chapters

Detraz, Nicole and Sonalini Sapra. (2021) “Climate Change, Gender, and Peace: Thinking Differently in a Brave New World?” In Routledge Handbook of Feminist Peace Research. Tarja Väyrynen, Swati Parashar, Élise Féron, and Catia Cecilia Confortini, eds. New York: Routledge. 359-367

Detraz, Nicole and Dursun Peksen. (2018) “‘Women Friendly’ Spending? Welfare Spending and Women’s Participation in the Economy and Politics.” Politics and Gender. 14(2): 137-161.

Detraz, Nicole and Dursun Peksen. (2017) “In the Aftermath of Earth, Wind and Fire: Natural Disasters and Respect for Women’s Rights.” Human Rights Review. 18(2): 151-170.

Detraz, Nicole (2017) “Gender and Environmental (In)Security: From Climate Conflict to Ecosystem Instability.” In Routledge International Handbook on Gender and Environment. Sherilyn MacGregor, ed. New York: Routledge. 202-215.

Detraz, Nicole and Dursun Peksen. (2016) “The Effect of IMF Programs on Women’s Economic and Political Rights.” International Interactions. 42(1): 81-105.


Full Professor of Political Science, University of Memphis (Fall 2021 to present), Associate Professor in Department of Political Science, University of Memphis (Fall 2015 to Summer 2021); Assistant Professor in Department of Political Science, University of Memphis (Fall 2009 to Summer 2015); 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; Summer 2016 to Summer 2017), Outcome Assessment Coordinator (Fall 2020 to present).