Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy
Johanna Masse

Johanna Masse

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Centre for International and Defence Policy

Johanna Masse is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for International and Defence Policy. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Laval University (Québec) and a MA in International Relations from Paris I University – La Sorbonne (France). As part of her doctoral research, Johanna aimed to get a better understanding of women’s forms of activism in conflict situations, with a special focus on Northern Ireland’s Troubles (1968-1998) and Palestine (1967-2000). As such, she focused on the influence of gendered stereotypes when it comes to women’s activism during political conflicts.

In parallel to her research, she also taught different classes at graduate and undergraduate levels at Laval University and Bishop’s University.

Johanna’s post-doctoral work at the CIDP will still be on gendered stereotypes, but this time faced by women military in unit combats. As such, she will look at women’s experiences regarding the gendered construction of the military identity, in the public as well as in the private sphere.

Johanna is a member of the Canadian Network on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS), for which she published a working paper titled: “In the Eye of the Beholder: Recognizing the Breath of Women’s Participation in Violent Political Organization and Beyond.”


  • PhD Université Laval, Québec – Political science
  • MA Université Paris I Sorbonne – International relations

Research interests:

  • Political violence, conflicts, and terrorism
  • Gender and feminism
  • Nationalist movements
  • Experiences of war