Thomas Moore, a member of the Security and International Relations programme, has been awarded a Palm Center Fellowship from the University of California, Santa Barbara for his research into the US military and the sexual regulation of soldiers in the War on Terror.

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His research into ‘Bodily States: International Security and the Regulation of Military Bodies’ is concerned with how national militaries have responded to new security threats through their soldiering practices, especially as it relates to military recruitment. The Palm Center is a research institute of the University of California, Santa Barbara, committed to sponsoring state-of-the-art scholarship to enhance the quality of public dialogue about critical and controversial issues of the day. For the past decade, the Palm Center's research on sexual minorities in the military has been published in leading social science journals. The Palm Center seeks to be a resource for university-affiliated as well as independent scholars, students, journalists, opinion leaders, and members of the public.

The fellowship will enable Dr Moore to gather research material in the field of military ethics and sexuality studies. The research will also feature in an edited volume called Body/State which is to be published by Ashgate in 2011 (edited by Angus Cameron and Nikki Smith) as part of the 'Gender in a Global/Local World' series.

Dr Thomas Moore is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster. He is a member of the Security and International Relations programme.

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