Natalie Hudson

Associate Professor; Director of Human Rights Studies Program
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Political Science


Natalie Florea Hudson received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut in 2007 and is now a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of Dayton, where she also serves as the Director of the Human Rights Studies Program. Her teaching and research interests converge in the areas of international security, international organization, and the gendering of conflict and conflict resolution. She has a particular interest in the gap between intentions and outcomes among advocates of women’s rights and gender equality engaged in international peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions.

Her book, Gender, Human Security and the UN: Security Language as a Political Framework for Women (Routledge, 2009) examines the organizational dynamics of women’s activism in the United Nations system and how women have come to embrace and been impacted by the security discourse in their work for rights and equality. She is a co-author of Global Politics (McGraw-Hill 2013) and numerous articles appearing in journals, such as International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review, Journal of Human Rights, International Journal, Simulation and Gaming, and Global Change, Peace and Security. She also has co-authored chapters in The Political Economy of International Security and Critical Approaches to Security. Dr. Hudson's field expertise has led to consultancy work for governmental and nongovernmental organizations, including the European Union and the United Nations.

With the support of a McGrath Human Rights Fellowship (2011-2013), her current research centers on the deployment and impact of female police personnel in UN peacekeeping missions, particularly those deployed as all-female formed units in the missions in Liberia and Haiti.

Courses Taught

  • Global Politics
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Politics of Human Rights
  • Gender and International Relations
  • International Law and Organization
  • International Security Studies


  • PhD in Political Science, University of Connecticut, 2007
  • M.A. in Political Science, University of Connecticut, 2003
  • B.A. in Political Science, University of Dayton, 2001

Professional Activities

Research Interests

  • Women's activism in the global security arena, particularly in the context of the United Nations
  • The meaning, significance and applicability of human security in the 21st century

Selected Publications

Hudson, N.F. 2009. Gender, Human Security and the UN: Security Language as a Political Framework for Women. London: Routledge Press.

Hudson, N.F. 2009. "Securitizing Women's Human Rights," Journal of Human Rights, 8(1): 53-70.

Boyer, M.A., Urlacher, B. R., Niv-Solomon, A., Hudson, N.F., Janik, L. and Brown, S. 2009. "Gender and Negotiation: Some experimental findings," International Studies Quarterly, 53(1):23-47.

Boyer, M.A., Brown, S.W., Butler, M.J., Niv-Solomon, A., Urlacher, B., Hudson, N.F., Johnson, P.M., and Lima, C.O. 2007. "Experimenting with Global Governance: Understanding the Potential for Generational Change," Globalisation, Societies, and Education, 5(2): 153-180.

Hudson, N. F. (2007). "A Development Fund Takes on Police Work" (Summer/Fall 2007). Washington, D.C.: WIIS (Women in International Security) Words.

Hudson, N.F. 2005. "En-gendering UN Peacekeeping Operations." International Journal, 60(3): 785-806.

Boyer, M. A., Brown, S. W., Butler, M. J., Florea, N. B., Hernandez, M., Johnson, P. R., Meng, L., & Lima C. 2004. "Educating for Global Awareness: Implications for Governance and Generational Change," Global Change, Peace and Security, 16(1): 73-77.

Boyer, M.A., Brown, S.W., Butler, M.J., Florea, N.B., Johnson, P. and C. Lima. 2004. "Understanding Security Through the Eyes of the Young," in Peter Dombrowski (ed.), The Political Economy of International Security. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.

Brown, S. W., Boyer, M. A., Mayall, H. J., Johnson, P. R., Meng, L., Butler, M. J., Weir, K., Florea, N. B., Hernandez, M., & Reis, S. 2003. "The GlobalEd Project: Gender Differences in a Problem-based Learning Environment of International Negotiations," Instructional Science, An International Journal on Learning and Cognition, 31(4-5): 255-276.

Florea, N., Boyer, M.A., Butler, M.J., Hernandez, M., Weir, K., Brown, S.W., Johnson, P.R., Meng, L., Mayall, H.J. & Lima, C. 2003. "Negotiating from Mars To Venus: Some Findings on Gender's Impact in Simulated International Negotiations," Simulation and Gaming 34(2): 226-248.

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