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Foreign Policy Expert to Give Phi Beta Kappa Society Visiting Scholar Lecture Oct. 10

Valerie M. Hudson headshot Valerie M. Hudson, Ph.D., professor at Texas A&M University, is this year's USD Phi Beta Kappa Society's visiting scholar.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Phi Beta Kappa Society at the University of South Dakota will sponsor the lecture “The First Political Order: How Sex Shapes Governance and National Security Worldwide” by Valerie M. Hudson, Ph.D., professor and George H. W. Bush Chair in the Department of International Affairs at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10 in Farber Hall, located inside Old Main on the USD campus.

Hudson will address how the relationship between men and women shapes the wider political order. Incorporating research findings spanning a variety of social science disciplines and comprehensive empirical data detailing the status of women around the globe, she demonstrates how a society’s choice to subjugate women has significant negative consequences: worse governance, worse conflict, worse stability, worse economic performance, worse food security, worse health, worse demographic problems, worse environmental protection and worse social progress. Her talk will also include possibilities for progress.

At Texas A&M University, Hudson directs the Program on Women, Peace, and Security. Her research includes foreign policy analysis, security studies, gender and international relations, and methodology. Hudson is one of the principal investigators of The WomanStats Project, which includes the largest compilation of data on the status of women in the world today. Winner of numerous teaching awards and recipient of a National Science Foundation research grant and a Minerva Initiative grant, she was recently named a Distinguished Scholar of Foreign Policy Analysis by the International Studies Association. She is the author/co-author of "Sex and World Peace," "The Hillary Doctrine," "Foreign Policy Analysis," "Bare Branches," and (forthcoming) "The First Political Order: Sex, Governance, and National Security."

During her two days on campus, Hudson will also visit undergraduate classes, meet with students informally and participate in discussions on women and leadership. The Visiting Scholar Lecture and campus visit is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, the International Studies Program, the Department of Political Science and the Department of Anthropology and Sociology.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society Visiting Scholar Program offers undergraduates the opportunity to associate with some of America’s most distinguished scholars and contributes to the intellectual life of the campus through the exchange of ideas between the visiting scholars and the resident faculty and students.


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