Local navigation


     Helen M. Kinsella

Title: Associate Professor
Affiliated With: Gender and Women's Studies
Office: 314 North Hall
Office Hours: By appointment
Phone: 608.263.2396
Has Voicemail: No
E-Mail: hkinsella@wisc.edu
Keywords: Armed Conflict, Contemporary Political Theory, Empire, Feminist Theory, Gender, Human Rights, Humanitarian Law, Law, Political Violence
Download CV

Helen M. Kinsella is an associate professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research and teaching interests include contemporary political theory, feminist theories, international law, especially international humanitarian and human rights, armed conflict, and especially gender and armed conflict.  She is a graduate of University of Minnesota-Minneapolis and prior to her appointment at Wisconsin held pre and post doctoral fellowships at, respectively, Harvard University and Stanford University.  

The Image Before the Weapon: A Critical History of the Distinction Between Combatant and Civilian. Cornell UP, April 2011.

·       Winner 2012 Sussex International Theory Prize, The Centre for Advanced International Theory, University of Sussex

·       Honorable Mention 2012 Lepgold Book Prize, The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Mortara Center for International Studies, Georgetown University


Recent Publications

Daniel Kapust, Helen Kinsella Comparative Political Theory in Time and Place: Theory's Landscapes. Palgrave Macmillan. 2016.   
Helen Kinsella,

"Foundations of International Political Thought: David Armitage and Just So Stories,” Contemporary Political Theory. (2014) 13(4): 387-418.

Helen Kinsella, The Image Before the Weapon: A Critical History of the Distinction Between Combatant and Civilian. (Cornell University Press. 2011)
Helen Kinsella, ‘Understanding a War That is Not a War’ in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society,  Autumn 2007,  33,1, pgs.  209-231   
Helen Kinsella, ‘Gendering Grotius: Sex and Sex Difference in Laws of War’ in Political Theory, April 2006  32, 4, pgs. 61-191.   
Helen Kinsella, Discourses of Difference: Civilians, Combatants, and Compliance with the laws of war” in Review of International Studies, 2005 31, pgs. 163-185.   

Current Courses taught for Spring 2016-2017

316 - Principles of International Law

Instructors: Helen Kinsella      Field: International Relations