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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Robin L. Riley

Riley portrait

Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Women's and Gender Studies

LGBTQ Studies

340 Sims Hall

Research and Teaching Interests

Prof. Riley's research on gender, militarism, and war and popular culture looks at the ways constructions of gender, race, class, and sexuality work to uphold the state and perpetuate oppressive and destructive processes including militarism, war, and imperialism. She teaches a variety of courses in Women’s and Gender Studies and in the LGBT Studies Program.

Current Projects

Dr. Riley works on projects that extend the analysis of her book Depicting the Veil to look at how in U.S. Film & television white blonde women are depicted as the ultimate defense against “terrorism” around the world. She is looking at how the discourse around the war on terror has shifted with a shifting enemy and finally how the end of the combat ban for U.S. Military women gets talked about in U.S. Popular press.


  • Feminism and War

    Feminism and War

    Feminism and War, edited by Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Minnie Bruce Pratt, and Robin L. Riley, Zed Books; First Edition edition (December 15, 2008), 288pp., ISBN-13: 978-1848130197


WGS 201 Transnational Feminist Studies
WGS 354 Gender, Militarism and War
WGS 395 Gender and Popular Culture
WGS 601 Feminist Theories


  • Ph. D. Social Science, Syracuse University, 2000
    Dissertation: Hidden Soldiers: Gender, Militarism, and the Discourses of Defense
  • Master of Arts in Social Science 1992
    Binghamton University
    Thesis: On Women, Peace and Protest
  • Bachelor of Arts 1989 with honors
    Binghamton University