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Valerie Hudson, PhD


Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair

Bush School Program on Women, Peace, and Security

Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the Australian National University, 2017

Dr. Valerie Hudson joined the faculty of the Bush School in 2012 as the George H.W. Bush Chair. An expert on international security and foreign policy analysis, as well as gender and security, she received her Ph.D. in political science at The Ohio State University and came to Texas A&M University from a senior faculty position at Brigham Young University. In 2019 Texas A&M University awarded her its highest faculty honor by bestowing her with the title of University Distinguished Professor.  Hudson directs the Bush School’s Program on Women, Peace, and Security.

In 2009, Foreign Policy named her one of the top 100 Most Influential Global Thinkers. Her co-authored book, Bare Branches: Security Implications of Asia’s Surplus Male Population, and the research it presents, received significant attention from the media with coverage in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, BBC, CNN, and numerous other outlets. The book also received two national book awards. Her co-authored book is Sex and World Peace, published by Columbia University Press and named by Gloria Steinem as one of the top three books on her reading list. Her most recent book, with Patricia Leidl, is The Hillary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy, published in June 2015. Hudson was also recently named a Distinguished Scholar of Foreign Policy Analysis by the International Studies Association, and also received the Bush Foundation Award for International Research.

Dr. Hudson has developed a nation-by-nation database on women, the WomanStats Database (, that has triggered both academic and policy interest (the latter includes its use by both the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and various agencies of the United Nations). Hudson and her investigators from The WomanStats Project publish a wide variety of empirical work linking the security of women to the security of states, with research appearing in International Security, the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Peace Research, Political Psychology, and Politics and Gender.

Dr. Hudson offers courses on women and nations (the foundation course for the Women, Peace, and Security concentration), foreign policy analysis, and a capstone on Women, Peace, and Security. Dr. Hudson has a strong commitment to collaboration with scholars both in her field and in other disciplines.  She has received significant research grants, including grants from the US Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative and the National Science Foundation, to support her work in international affairs. She received an inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellowship in the Social Science and was a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the Australian National University in early 2017.

Hudson served as vice president of the International Studies Association for 2011-2012. She is a founding editorial board member of Foreign Policy Analysis, and also serves or has served on the editorial boards of The American Political Science ReviewJournal of Politics, and International Studies Review. More information is on her professional website,