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Shannon Zimmerman

Lecturer in Strategic Studies, Deakin University

Dr Shannon Zimmerman is a Lecturer in Strategic Studies as Deakin University at the Australian War College. She is also a Research Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. She has two areas of research. The first is on peacekeeping, peace operations, and UN Stabilisation operations and looks at how these operations contest and create sovereignty the ground. Dr Zimmerman also explores how they prevent atrocity crimes and protect civilians, particularly in asymmetric threat environments. Her other field of research is misogyny motivated terrorism with a particular focus on the online Manosphere and the political ideology of Incels or 'involuntary celibates'. Dr Zimmerman completed her PhD on 'Counterterrorism and the Protection of Civilians in Peace Operations' in Aug 2019. In addition to her PhD, she holds a Masters in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Dr Zimmerman the Deputy Director of Women in International Security - Australia.


  • 2022–present
    Lecturer, Deakin University
  • 2020–2022
    Postdoctoral research fellow, RMIT University
  • 2019–2022
    Casual Lecturer/Tutor, Australian National University


  • 2019 
    University of Queensland, PhD in Political Science and International Studies
  • 2012 
    Georgetown University, MA in Conflict Resolution


  • 2022
    Global Governance, Parallel Lines in the Sand: The Impact of Parallel French Interventions on UN Stabilization Operations in Mali and the Central African Republic
  • 2022
    Journal of Popular Culture, Doctor Who and the Responsibility to Protect: Public Perspectives of Atrocity Crimes
  • 2022
    Terrorism and Political Violence, The Ideology of Incels: Misogyny and Victimhood as Justification for Political Violence.” Terrorism and Political Violence
  • 2022
    Global Responsibility to Protect, R2P and Counter-Terrorism: Where Sovereignties Collide
  • 2020
    Stability: International Journal of Security & Development, Defining State Authority: UN Peace Operations Efforts to Extend State Authority in Mali and the Central African Republic
  • 2020
    The Journal of International Peacekeeping, Twenty years of the Protection of Civilians in UN Peace Operations: Progress, problems and prospects

Professional Memberships

  • International Studies Association