Meet DGA faculty member Professor Alison Howell. An Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and an affiliate member of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Professor Howell first joined Rutgers in January 2013. Shortly after she became affiliated with DGA where she has taught courses on theories of global politics and supervises students.
Her research interests lie predominantly in the study of war, security and military organization in relation to the politics of medicine, global health and science and technology. She just published a journal article titled “Neuroscience and War: Human Enhancement, Soldier Rehabilitation, and the Ethical Limits of Dual-use Frameworks” looking at the relationship between neuroscience and war. In it, she argues that we need to move beyond the conventional models of thinking about the ethics of the use of medical sciences in warfare which contend that neuroscience has recently been weaponized and thus faces a ‘dual-use dilemma’. The article concludes instead that it is not possible to say that neuroscience is weaponized since the discipline emerged out of post-World War II military funding, and has always been shaped by war.
The article also ties in with Professor Howell’s current book project on the relationship between strategies of warfare (i.e. trench warfare, counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism) and how they relate to science and technology and the production of inequalities based on race, gender, disability and/or sexuality. In her research she goes beyond just looking at the destructive nature of war by exploring war’s productive powers both on the warfront and on the homefront.
If you are interested in working with Professor Howell, she is currently supervising research looking at war, military and security; science and technology; medicine and global health; global inequalities (gender, race, disability and/or sexuality); and critical social theory.