Women, Gender, and Rebel Governance

(Cambridge University Press Elements Gender & Politics Series, expected 2023)

This project asks how women’s participation in rebellion affects rebel governance efforts. I argue that women’s participation in rebellion improves rebel governance efforts for two reasons: women facilitate rebel service provision due to traditional divisions of labor enduring during war periods; and women’s specific positions within rebel groups represent and legitimize rebels’ ideological governance to their constituent publics. I adopt a multi-methods strategy to demonstrate that women’s rebel participation is critical to service provision efforts and ideological governance cross-nationally.