Insurgent Women: Female Combatants in Civil Wars (with Jessica Trisko-Darden and Ora Szekely, Georgetown University Press, 2019)
This work examines the role that women have played in multiple armed groups across contemporary conflicts including the Russia/Ukraine conflict, the Colombian civil war, and the Syrian Civil War and ongoing armed struggles by Kurdish groups. The book draws on personal interviews, archival research, and discourse analysis. #1 selling new release in War & Peace (Amazon.com, Jan. & Feb. 2019).
Why Women Rebel: Understanding Women's Participation in Armed Rebel Groups (Routledge, 2017)
From the publisher: Why Women Rebel presents a global analysis of the extent to which women are engaged in armed, organized rebellions, and why they choose to join such rebellions. Henshaw has collected and analyzed data on women’s participation in over 70 post-Cold War rebel groups. The book provides a theoretical analysis drawing upon both mainstream literature in the social sciences and critical, feminist inquiry on women and political violence to offer a new gendered theory on why women rebel.
“Female Combatants in Post-Conflict Processes: Understanding the Roots of Exclusion.” Journal of Global Security Studies (forthcoming 2020).
“Understanding Women at War: A Mixed-Methods Exploration of Leadership in Non-State Armed Groups” (with June Eric-Udorie, Hannah Godefa, Kathryn Howley, Cat Jeon, Elise Sweezy, and Katheryn Zhao). Small Wars and Insurgencies 30:6-7, 1089-1116 (2019).
“Why Women Rebel: Greed, Grievance, and Women in Armed Rebel Groups.” Journal of Global Security Studies 1:3, 204-219 (2016).
“Where Women Rebel: Patterns of Women’s Participation in Armed Rebel Groups 1990-2008.” International Feminist Journal of Politics 18:1, 39-60 (2016).
“Geographies of Tolerance: Human Development, Heteronormativity, and Religion.” Sexuality and Culture 18:4, 959-976 (2014).
“‘An Everyday Affair’: A Deeper Look at the Causes of Sexual Violence.” Journal of Human Security Studies, Autumn 2013.
Book Chapters and Reports
"Findings from a Cross-National Study on Women in Non-State Armed Groups." 2018. Stability Operations "Lessons Learned" Report. U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute.
"Gender and Foreign Policy." 2017. In Cameron Theis et al., eds., Oxford Encyclopedia of Foreign Policy Analysis. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Draft available for download]
"Making Violent Women Visible in the WPS Agenda." 2017. Centre for Women, Peace and Security Working paper series 7/2017. London School of Economics. [Available free online]
"Identifying Regional Powers and Their Status." 2011 (co-authored). In Thomas J. Volgy et al., eds., Major Powers and the Quest for Status in International Politics. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.