about gwyn kirk: biography

short version

Gwyn Kirk Gwyn solois a scholar-activist concerned with gender, racial and environmental justice in the service of genuine security and a sustainable world. She has taught courses in women’s and gender studies, environmental studies, political science, and sociology at U.S. universities and colleges, most recently at St. Mary’s College of California. She publishes a textbook/anthology, Women’s Lives: Multicultural Perspectives (McGraw-Hill), co-edited with Margo Okazawa-Rey, which is used by feminist activists and in classrooms nationwide. She has written widely on ecofeminism, militarism, and women’s peace organizing.

Gwyn Kirk is on the organizing committee of Women Cross DMZ and is a founding member of the International Women’s Network Against Militarism, a collaboration of scholars and activists who oppose militarism and promote everyday security, which started in 1997. She co-directed the 2012 documentary, Living Along the Fenceline, featuring seven grassroots women leaders from South Korea to Puerto Rico whose communities are affected by the U.S. military presence in their backyards. She has written scripts and designed outfits for Fashioning Resistance to Militarism, a popular education project. She holds a PhD in sociology from the London School of Economics.

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longer version

Gwyn Kirk GK Millsis a scholar-activist concerned with gender, racial and environmental justice in the service of genuine security and a sustainable world. She has taught courses in women’s and gender studies, environmental studies, political science, and sociology at a range of U.S. academic institutions, including Rutgers, Sonoma State University, the University of Oregon, University of San Francisco, Antioch College, Colorado College, Hamilton College, Mills College, and St. Mary’s College of California.

Gwyn Kirk has published eight books, including a textbook/anthology, Women’s Lives: Multicultural Perspectives (McGraw-Hill, sixth edition), co-edited with Margo Okazawa-Rey, which is used by feminist activists and in classrooms nationwide. She co-authored Greenham Women Everywhere: Dreams, Ideas and Actions from the Women’s Peace Movement (South End Press, 1983) with Alice Cook, also translated into French and Japanese.

Her articles on feminism, ecology, militarism, and transnational feminist organizing have appeared in anthologies and journals including The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Berkeley Women’s Law Journal, Foreign Policy in Focus, Frontiers, Peace Review, and Social Justice. She writes for popular audiences through activist publications and projects, as well as op ed pieces. As an editor, she has contributed to materials published by non-profit organizations, including Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (Oakland), the California Wellness Foundation (San Francisco), Dasi Hammke Center (Seoul), and Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling (Ramallah).

Gwyn Kirk received a Rockefeller Fellowship at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa (2002); she was a Visiting Scholar at the Women’s Leadership Institute, Mills College (2002-2003); and held the Jane Watson Irwin Chair in Women’s Studies at Hamilton College (1999-2001), shared with Margo Okazawa-Rey.

She co-directed GK Wellesley the 2012 documentary, Living Along the Fenceline, with Lina Hoshino and Deborah Lee. The film features seven grassroots women leaders from South Korea to Puerto Rico whose communities are affected by the US military presence in their backyards. These women are not four-star generals or White House strategists. Their expertise comes from living with the tragic hidden costs of militarism to life, health, culture, and the environment, and their alternative ideas of peace and security. She was part of creating Fashioning Resistance to Militarism, a fashion show that addresses the issue of militarism, and has written scripts and designed outfits for this popular education project.

Gwyn Kirk is on the organizing committee of Women Cross DMZ and a founding member of the International Women’s Network Against Militarism, a collaboration of scholars and activists who oppose militarism and promote everyday security for sustainable communities. She is a lifetime member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (US section), the oldest women’s peace organization, established in 1915, currently with sections in over 40 nations. She served on the board of Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) Education Fund, a national organization that seeks to empower women to act politically to reduce violence and redirect excessive military resources to unmet human and environmental needs (2000-2006).

Gwyn Kirk holds a PhD in sociology from the London School of Economics, and a master’s degree in Town Planning from Leeds Polytechnic (now Leeds Metropolitan University) in Great Britain. Her doctoral work focused on the politics of city planning decision-making, published as Urban Planning in a Capitalist Society (Croom Helm, 1980). 

CV available here

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