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Cynthia Boaz

Professor & Department Chair, Truman Scholarship Representative

Cynthia Boaz



Stevenson Hall 3805

Office Hours

Tue: 10:00 am-12:00 pm(Drop in Hours)
Fri: By Appointment


Ph.D., University of California at Davis


Reproductive Rights, Civil Resistance, Quality of Democracy, Political Communication and Media, Gender and Politics, Politics of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Selected Publications & Presentations

"Arguments Used to Overturn Roe and their Consequences," presented to the Center for Law, Ethics, and Society, September 26, 2022

"Bans Off Our Bodies: Effects of Abortion Restrictions on Women's Quality of Life," panel on Reproductive Rights and Policy, presentation for the Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting, April 7, 2022

"Shoulder to Shoulder: Winning the Vote for Women," presented at the James Lawson Institute, April 13, 2022

“Islamophobia and Nonviolence in a ‘Christian Nation,’” Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Peace (Jolyon Mitchell, Lesley Orr, Martyn Percy, and Francesca Po editors), 2022. 

"How Speculative Fiction Teaches Us About Gender and Power in International Politics: A Pedagogical Overview,” International Studies Perspectives, 2020. 

“Must We Change Our Hearts Before Throwing Off Our Chains?” in Current Debates in Peace and Conflict Studies, Houston Wood, editor. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. 2017.

“Introduction to Nonviolent Conflict,” in Conflict Transformation: Essays on Methods of Nonviolence, Rhea DuMont and Tom Hastings, editors. McFarland Press, 2013. 

“Media’s Major Misconceptions of Nonviolent Action,” in Censored 2012: The Top Censored Stories of 2010-2011, Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips, editors. Seven Stories Press. Fall 2011. 

“Nonviolent Skills versus Violent Conditions: Iranian Women’s Movement and Codepink: Women for Peace” in Peace Movements Worldwide: History, Psychology, and Practices, Marc Pilisuk and Michael Nagler, editors. Praeger/Greenwood Press. 2010.