Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy

The CIDP Gender Lab

The Gender Lab is a division of the CIDP that provides first-class research and analysis on topics related to gender and defence studies. The Gender Lab is currently examining the gendered dimension of military transitions to civilian life, and is therefore the primary team working on the CIDP's provincially funded project, "Gender Mainstreaming in the Military: Economic and Social Implications for Ontario” (ERA Project)

Research Team

The ERA research team is comprised of a Principal Investigator, one Master’s student, three PhD students, and an undergraduate research associate to conduct original research and generate policy recommendations.

Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky | 2016



Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky 
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Studies
Director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP)


Meaghan Shoemaker | ERA Project Manager | Fall 2017


Meaghan Shoemaker 
Project Coordinator

Meaghan is a PhD candidate in the department of Political Studies at Queen’s University and recipient of the R.S McLaughlin Fellowship (2016). She is currently the Gender Lab lead and project coordinator for the Early Researcher Award Project led by Principle Investigator Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky. Meaghan’s Master of Arts Research Project in Political Studies (2016) questioned what factors influenced the Canadian government and Canadian Armed Forces to be more inclusive of women at every stage of their career. 

In the Summer of 2016, Meaghan created the Veteran Service Provider Internship, which placed Queen’s University undergraduate students with veteran service providers across Ontario, and will be holding its third iteration in the Summer of 2018. Meaghan also supports Women in International Security (WIIS) – Canada as the Program Coordinator. In April 2017, Meaghan organized a workshop entitled The Gender Dimension of Veteran Transition: International Best Practices and the Way Forward.  This workshop was supported by the Department of National Defence’s “Defence Engagement Program”, the Ontario Ministry for Research and Innovation, as well as Queen’s University, and focused on the unique transition needs of women veterans while hosting a pilot mentorship program. 

Meaghan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Guelph, graduating with distinction in 2015. Prior to her studies at Queen’s University, she was an undergraduate research assistant at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph.


Research Interests:

  • Feminist international relations
  • Military gender studies
  • Conflict and conflict resolution
  • International security

Email: Meaghan Shoemaker

Lindsay Coombs | MA Graduate Research Fellow | 2018

Lindsay M. Coombs
PhD Graduate Research Fellow

Lindsay is a PhD student in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University and a Graduate Research Fellow at the Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP). Lindsay completed a Master of Arts in Political Studies, also from Queen’s University, where she specialized in International Relations. Her Master’s thesis focused on innovation in Canadian military doctrine, training, and education on the topic of child soldiers. Additionally, Lindsay holds a Bachelor with Honours in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from the University of Ottawa, where she graduated with distinction. She has been selected to receive a number of bursaries and scholarships including the Doctoral Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence (2017-2018), Doctoral Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2017), and the Master’s Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) (2016).


Over the past few years, Lindsay has written a number of academic articles on security and defence issues for publication in both digital and print format. In addition to her studies, Lindsay is engaged with Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada, a network dedicated to actively advancing women’s leadership, at all stages of their careers, in international peace and security. She is also the President and Founder of WIIS at Queen’s University.


Research Interests:

  • The Canadian Armed Forces
  • Women in International security and defence
  • International conflict and relations
  • Defence policy

Email: Lindsay Coombs

Marin Beck | PhD Research Fellow | 2016

Marin Beck 
PhD Graduate Research Fellow

Marin is a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholar and recipient of the Jean Royce Fellowship (2016) and R.S McLaughlin Fellowship (2015). Marin is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University where she specializes in Gender & Politics and Political Theory. Her doctoral research, under the supervision of Professor Margaret H. Little, explores an under-examined area in Canadian immigration literature: community and civic immigrant settlement agencies catered specifically to women. Her research examines how immigrant women’s organizations from various regions across Canada respond to gender-specific needs in neoliberal times, while also discussing the ways in which such organizations may reinforce or proliferate assumptions of socially acceptable gender roles for women in society, the family, and the workplace.


Marin holds a Master of Arts (MA) degree, specializing in Gender & Politics, from the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University (2014). Her MA thesis focused on Canadian print media representations of sexual minority refugees and how changes to immigration and refugee policies create unique challenges for such individuals seeking asylum in the Canadian state. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science at the University of the Fraser Valley (2012). She was awarded the prestigious Dean’s Medal of Excellence in the Humanities for outstanding achievement, high academic standing, and the most outstanding promise in her field of study. Prior to her studies at Queen’s University, Marin was a Research Assistant in the School of Performance Studies at Simon Fraser University.


Research Interests:

  • Immigration
  • Identity/difference politics and power
  • Feminist theory and praxis
  • Critical theory
  • Intersectionality

Email: Marin Beck


Jessica Serson
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jessica Serson is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Studies with a minor concentration in French at Queen's University. She is currently an undergraduate research assistant with the Gender Lab at the Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP). Jessica also works as a copy-editor for the Politicus Journal, an undergraduate publication. Previously, Jessica held positions with the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Research Interests:
  • Radical feminist theory
  • Marxist critiques of capitalism
  • Environmental conservation

Email: Jessica Serson


Upcoming Events

The Gender Dimension of Veteran Transition 2018: Workshop and Mentorship Program-Professional Development Day
For more information
11-12 May 2018

Past Events

Gender Dimension of Veteran Reintegration 2017
For more information
21 April 2017

Gender Mainstreaming in the Canadian Armed Forces: Benchmarking with NATO Allies and Partners
For more information
13 November 2015

Op-Eds and Articles

Queen’s Gazette: Province Injects 16 Million into Queen’s Research


Queens Gazette: Connecting Women Veterans Through Mentorship


The National Post: The Battle to Get More Women into the Military


Canadian International Council: Crisis at Home for Canada’s Armed Forces


The Ottawa Citizen: Why the Canadian Armed Forces Can’t Be Gender Blind