School of International Service
- Carolyn Gallaher is a broadly trained political geographer. Her work blends insights from political economy and cultural studies and is focused on two substantive areas of inquiry—the role of paramilitaries in irregular warfare and the influence of the religious right in US foreign policy.
DegreesPhD, University of Kentucky; MA, Miami University; BA, Mary Washington College
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- Outstanding Teaching in the General Education Program; American University School of International Service, 2004-2005
- Visiting Fellowship, National Institute of Spatial and Regional Analysis, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Spring 2005
- Visiting Fellowship, Center for Human Rights, Diversity, and Identity, Okanagan University College, BC, Canada, August 2004
- American University Summer Faculty Research Award, Spring 2003
- American University Junior Faculty Research Leave, Spring 2001
- Insurgent Violence and the Colonial Present. Panel presentation for author meets critics roundtable on Derek Gregory's "The Colonial Present" at the 106th annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL, March 2006
- Geography and New War Literature. Panel presentation for roundtable on "War Citizenship and Territory" at the 106th annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL, March 2006
- Schizophrenic Identities. Panel presentation for roundtable on "One Foot in: Geographers working in other disciplines" at the 106th annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL, March 2006.
- Class: Alive and Well and in Surprising Places. Paper presented at the 106th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL, March 2006
- Competing Visions of Loyalism in Post-industrial Belfast, Northern Ireland. Paper presented at the 100th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Philadelphi, PA, August 2005
- Imagining Loyalism after Peace. Paper presented at Cuarta Conferencia Internacional de Geografía Crítica, Ciudad de México, México, January 2005
- Colonizing the Left: Locating Right Wing Power. Paper presented at the 5th Pan-European International Relations Conference, The Hague, Netherlands, September 2004
- Presider for Roundtable on "Researching Right-Wing Social Movements," at the 99th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA, August 2004.
- Author Response. Panel Presentation for Roundtable on "Author meets Critics—C. Gallaher's On the Fault Line: Race, Class, and the American Patriot Movement," at the 104th annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Philadelphia, PA, March 2004
- Paramilitaries after the peace? The UVF in Northern Ireland. Paper presented at the 104th annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Philadelphia, PA, March 2004
Grants and Sponsored Research
- American University Curriculum Development Grant, April 1999
- Teaching and Learning Center Technology Enhancement Grant, December 1998
- American University School of International Service Professional Development Grant, October 1998
Area of Expertise: Guerrilla and paramilitary violence, right-wing extremism in the United States
Additional Information: Carolyn Gallaher is the author of two books on right-wing paramilitaries. The first, After the Peace: Loyalist Paramilitaries in Post-Accord Northern Ireland (Cornell University Press, 2007), explains how loyalist paramilitary infighting after the 1998 peace process stalled the demilitarization process. The second, On the Fault Line: Race, Class and the American Patriot Movement (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003), is the culmination of five years of research on the U.S. militia movement. She has also published numerous articles on the religious right ("Identity Politics and the Religious Right: Hiding Hate in the Landscape," in Antipode,and "The Religious Right Reacts to Globalization," in International Political Economy Yearbook); and Mexican politics ("New World Warriors: 'Nation' and 'State' in the Politics of the Zapatista and U.S. Patriot Movements," in Social and Cultural Geography and "Imaging the Mexican Election," in Antipode). Gallaher has also led study abroad programs for AU students in both Chiapas and Oaxaca in Mexico.
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