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Karie Riddle

Karie Riddle

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Social Science, Seaver College
AC 248


I am a scholar of feminist political thought, peace and conflict studies, and global development, with a particular focus on the region of South Asia. My work has been published in Hypatia, the International Feminist Journal of Politics, the Routledge Handbook of Development Ethics, and elsewhere. I am working on a book manuscript called Critical Feminist Justpeace, in which I suggest a theory of change for gender-conscious, local-level peacebuilding, grounded in the peacebuilding practices of women in Manipur, India.

Before coming to Pepperdine, I taught at Calvin University for three years. I earned my PhD in Political Science and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and I attended Harding University for my undergraduate degree. 


  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2017


  • "Critical Feminist Justpeace: A Grounded Theory Approach to Women, Peace and Security," International Feminist Journal of Politics (2022)
  • "Reasoned Choice or Performative Care? Women's Transformative Peacebuilding Identities in Manipur, India," Journal of Human Development and Capabilities (2018)
  • "Empower: Participatory Development and the Problem of Cooptation," Routledge Handbook of Development Ethics (2018)
  • "Structural Violence, Intersectionality, and Justpeace: Evaluating Women's Peacebuilding Agency in Manipur, India," Hypatia (2017)


  • International Politics
  • Women, Gender, and Politics
  • South Asian Politics


  • Women and Politics
  • The Politics and Government of Developing Areas
  • First Year Seminar: How to Change the World