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, three PhD students, one Master’s student, and 3 undergraduate research associates conducting original research and generating policy recommendations.

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Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky | 2016

Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky 
Principal Investigator/Project Lead
Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies
Fellow at 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 Women in Defence & Security (WiDS) Memorial Scholarship (2018) and R.S McLaughlin Fellowship (2016). She is currently the Gender Lab lead and project coordinator for the Early Researcher Award Project led by Principal 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 the founding member of the WIIS chapter at Queen's University, and served as its first president.

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. In additional to her doctoral work, Marin is actively engaged in the teaching and learning community at Queen’s University as an Educational Development Associate (EDA) with the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

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 Ingalise Beck

Charlotte Duval-Lantoine
MA Graduate Research Fellow

Charlotte is a MA Student in the department of History at Queen’s University, studying gender integration and toxic leadership in the Canadian Forces (CF) during the 1990s. Charlotte completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History and Political Sciences from McGill University. 

In the spring and summer 2018, Charlotte was awarded the Best Paper Award at the Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada Workshop for her study of gender integration in the CF during the 1990s as a culture change; she worked for Stéfanie von Hlatky, notably translating a NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) handbook on gender mainstreaming in the Alliance. Charlotte is also the author of the proceedings of the CIDP’s 2018 edition of the Gender of Veteran Transition Workshop. In addition to her studies, Charlotte is Assistant to the Executive Director of WIIS-Canada and Bilingual Coordinator for WIIS-Queen’s, the Queen’s chapter of the national organization.

Research Interests:

  • The Canadian Armed Forces
  • Gender perspectives and gender mainstreaming
  • Culture change in defence organizations
  • International security
  • Defence policies

Email: Charlotte Duval-Lantoine

Charlotte Blatt | 2018-2019 Fulbright Research Fellow | 2018

Charlotte Blatt
2018-2019 Fulbright Research Fellow

Charlotte Blatt is delighted to spend the 2018-2019 year as the Fulbright Fellow at the Centre for International and Defence Policy. At CIDP, Blatt is working as a research assistant to Professor Stéfanie von Hlatky on a variety of projects dealing with the intersection of international security and gender. Prior to arrival at CIDP, Blatt graduated in June 2018 from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where she earned her degree summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with high honors in her government major. Outside of Dartmouth, Blatt interned in the Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, served as a Campaign Fellow for Hillary for America, and worked as a research intern at the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Blatt has published research on the 2007 Iraq troop surge in Parameters: The U.S. Army War College Quarterly, the American military’s top peer-reviewed, professional journal. Blatt is excited to pursue her research while in Canada this year. Following her year with Fulbright Canada at CIDP, Blatt plans to enroll in the Yale Law School Class of 2022.

Research Interests:

  • U.S. foreign & military policy
  • International security
  • Feminist international relations

Email: Charlotte Blatt

Bibi Imre-Millei | RA 2018

Bibi Imre-Millei
Research Assistant
Political Studies

Bibi is currently in her last semester of fourth year and will be graduating from Queen's in June. Her degree is in Political Studies with a minor in Classical Studies, and certificates in Law and Gender and Sexual Diversity. Bibi hopes to pursue a masters in Political Studies next year with a focus on weaponry and automation. Currently, she volunteers with WIIS-Queen's as the Vice President, and conducts all training for the Queen's Sexual Health Resource Centre as Internal Educator, as well as other volunteer positions on campus. At the Gender Lab, Bibi is excited to help create and implement a comprehensive business plan for the future of lab. 

Email: Bibi Imre-Millei

Anna McAlpine | RA 2019

Anna McAlpine
Research Assistant
Global Development Studies

Anna is an undergraduate student at Queen’s University working on a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Global Development Studies, with a minor in Political Studies. Her interest in international relations and politics were sparked by a passion for global female empowerment. Alongside her degree, Anna is working towards a Certificate in Business from Smith School of Business. In 2017, Anna was awarded the Queen’s University Excellence Scholarship and has been placed on the Dean’s Honour List for her high academic standing.

Anna aims to pursue a career in law, advocating for sexual violence and harassment survivors.

Research Interests:

  • Feminist international relations
  • Gender mainstreaming
  • Canadian indigenous - Settler relations

Email: Anna McAlpine


Upcoming Events

Watch this space for a call for mentors and mentees for The Gender Dimension of Veteran Transition 2019

Past Events

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

Gender Dimension of Veteran Reintegration 2017
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21 April 2017

Gender Mainstreaming in the Canadian Armed Forces: Benchmarking with NATO Allies and Partners
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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