Drones, gender and identity in the new American way of war



12 May 2015


Seymour Centre, Chippendale



The US Studies Centre together with Sydney Ideas and Seymour Centre presented a panel discussion following a performance of Grounded, a play by George Brant. Dr David Smith moderated the panel discussion, which explored the themes of Grounded with a discussion of the issues as they are happening now: as women take on increasingly prominent roles in war, has military culture changed to reflect this new reality? How has the use of drones, so popular in the United States but so hated elsewhere, affected the way the US fights wars? How do drone pilots cope - or fail to cope - with the huge ethical dilemmas they encounter in their jobs?


  • Associate Professor Meghan MacKenzie
    Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Relations, The University of Sydney

    Meghan MacKenzie was a panellist for the US Studies Centre's discussion on "Drones, gender and identity in the new American way of war" in May 2015. MacKenzie is Associate Professor in Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and a leading expert on gender, security and women in combat. Broadly, her research bridges feminist international relations, critical security studies and development studies.

  • Dr Jennifer Hunt
    Dr Jennifer Hunt
    Lecturer, United States Studies Centre

    Jennifer S. Hunt is a Lecturer at the National Security College at ANU and the US Studies Centre.

    Her research portfolio examines the interplay between defence, energy and economic issues, with a focus on the US and the Arab Gulf. She has published on energy security policy in the US and Australia, the geopolitics of energy markets, and economic and political transitions in the Arab Gulf. Hunt's areas of expertise are international security, energy security, US foreign politics, research methods and political economy of the Gulf region.

  • Dr David Smith
    Dr David Smith
    Senior Lecturer in American Politics and Foreign Policy, United States Studies Centre and School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney

    David Smith is jointly appointed between the US Studies Centre and the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. He is the academic director at USSC. His research examines political relations between states and minorities, with a focus on religion in the US. His book Religious Persecution and Political Order in the United States was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.