Harriet Gray is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of York, UK. Her research interests fall within the overlapping fields of critical military studies, critical war studies, and feminist international relations. Much of Harriet’s research to date has focused on gender-based violence in armed forces and conflict spaces, where her work seeks to understand the lived experiences of victim-survivors and of perpetrators and to draw intra-active connections between multiple forms of violence from the intimate to the geopolitical. Harriet has conducted qualitative interview-based research on sexual violence and intimate partner violence in the British military, and on multiple forms of GBV in (post-)conflict settings in the African Great Lakes region. Harriet is also PI on an ESRC-funded project exploring the memorialisation of sexual violence across war and peace in the contemporary USA. This work explores the potential of public art to change the conversation around sexual violence, and the complicated politics of trying to use it to do so.
Harriet’s work has been published in journals including European Journal of International Relations, International Feminist Journal of Politics, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Security Dialogue, Gender, Place and Culture, and the Royal United Services Institution Journal. She is an Associate Editor of Critical Military Studies and of Political Studies.