The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Sorana-Cristina Jude

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Background

Dr Sorana Jude is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Politics Department. Her research interests lie in the field of Critical Military Studies, especially the study of gendered military practices of Western and non-Western armed forces. Her doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Israel’s Military: Emotions, Violence, and the Limits of Dissent’, was completed at the International Politics Department of Aberystwyth University, and was awarded the Best Dissertation Award by the European International Studies Association in 2019.


Qualifications

2018: PhD in International Politics (Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom)

2012: Master in Advanced European and International Studies 

           (Centre International de Formation  Européenne, Nice, France)

2011: MA in International Relations and European Studies

            (Central European University, Budapest, Hungary)

2010: BA In International Relations and European Studies

           (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Research

Dr Sorana Jude's research builds on feminist and gendered analyses of war, and draws on the intersection between Feminist International Relations, Critical Security/Military Studies and Critical Geopolitics.


Her current project ‘Gendered, Affective and Spatial Dimensions of War Preparedness: The Geopolitics of NATO's Military Exercises in Romania' is funded by British Academy. This exploration of lived experiences of NATO’s military exercises in Romania develops the symbolic, demographic and geopolitical dimensions of war preparedness in Critical Military Studies (CMS).


Dr Jude is also particularly interested in investigating political, military and public perceptions of Israeli military's reduced accountability for human rights violations enacted in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. In addition, she is interested in local, regional and international expressions of dissent against the Israel/Palestine conflict, against Israeli militarism, and against the militarisation of Israeli society.


She is a member of the Military, War and Security Research Group, Gender and Politics Research Cluster, and the International Politics Research Cluster (Newcastle University).


Selected Research Funding

  • 2020–2023: British Academy Postdoctoral Funding, UK
  • 2013–2017: Doctoral Career Development Scholarship, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, UK
  • 2011–2012: Centre International de Formation Européenne/ Institut Européen Fellowship and Grant, Nice, France
  • 2010–2012: Central European University Fellowship, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Teaching

In the past, Dr Sorana Jude has taught on the following modules:

Undergraduate Modules:

POL1046: Order and Disorder: The Shaping of the 21st Century (Lecturer and Seminar Leader)

POL2078: Critical International Politics (Lecturer and Seminar Leader)

POL2113: Sex, Gender and Power (Lecturer and Seminar Leader)

POL2110: Security Studies (Seminar Leader)

POL3046: Dissertation in Politics (Dissertation Supervisor)

MA modules: 

POL8060: Gender, War and the Military (Module Leader)

POL8099: Dissertation (Dissertation Supervisor)

Publications

  • Jude S. Breaking the Silence: Embodiment, Militarisation and Military Dissent in the Israel/Palestine Conflict. In: Catherine Baker, ed. Making War on Bodies: Militarisation, Aesthetics and Embodiment in International Politics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020, pp.97-120.