Constructing Human Trafficking: Evangelicals, Feminists, and an Unexpected Alliance. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave, 2019.
“This book is a must-read for anyone (scholar, practitioner, student) interested in trafficking and sex work. It includes the clearest and most effective analysis of feminist abolitionism that I have read. Lobasz also deftly balances a critical exploration of the contested nature of anti-trafficking discourses with what she calls a ‘generous’ account of these discourses, so as to thoughtfully engage with audiences that are not already convinced by the critiques.” (Meghana V. Nayak, Professor of Political Science, Chair of Women's and Gender Studies, Pace University, USA)
“Constructing Human Trafficking will change the way you think about trafficking. With lively prose and fascinating historical detail, Jennifer K. Lobasz narrates the emergence of trafficking as a humanitarian concern, and shows how its depoliticization became the basis of an unlikely alliance between feminists and evangelical Christians. An important book for anyone engaged in the problem of trafficking.” (Cara Daggett, Department of Political Science, Virginia Tech, USA)
“Constructing Human Trafficking is a unique and singular contribution—it demonstrates that even a concept that seems straightforward like ‘human trafficking’ has both constructed and contested meanings. Lobasz’s discourse analysis is thorough and revealing, and provides crucial insights to any feminist—or any policymaker—interested in taking trafficking seriously.” (Laura Sjoberg, Department of Political Science, University of Florida, USA)
Articles in Refereed Journals
"Introduction to the State of Feminist Security Studies: A Conversation." With Laura Sjoberg. Politics & Gender 7, no. 4 (2011): 573-76.
"Beyond Border Security: Feminist Approaches to Human Trafficking." Security Studies 18, no. 2 (2009): 319 - 344. (link)
"The Woman in Peril and the Ruined Woman: Representations of Female Soldiers in the Iraq War." Journal of Women, Politics & Policy 29 (2008): 305-334. (link)
"Fixing the Meaning of 9/11: Hegemony, Coercion, and the Road to War in Iraq." With Ronald R. Krebs. Security Studies 16, no. 3 (2007): 409-451. (link)
Essays in Edited Volumes
"Teaching International Relations with Film and Literature: Using Non-Traditional Texts in the Classroom." With Brandon Valeriano. In Handbook of Teaching and Learning in Political Science and International Relations, edited by John Ishiyama, Will Miller, and Eszter Simon. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishers, 2015. (link)
"The Sound of Silence: Rhetorical Coercion, Democratic Acquiescence, and the Iraq War." With Ronald R. Krebs. In American Foreign Policy and the Politics of Fear: Threat Inflation since 9/11, edited by Jane K. Cramer and Trevor A. Thrall, 117-134. Oxford: Routledge, 2009. (link)
"Beyond Border Security: Feminist Approaches to Human Trafficking." In Gender and International Security, edited by Laura Sjoberg, 214-234. Oxford: Routledge, 2009.
“An Introduction to Feminist Security Studies.” Review of International Security and Gender by Nicole Detraz. International Studies Quarterly 16, no. 1 (2014): 145-147.
Workshops and Presentations (selected)
“Trafficking is Problematic: The Social Construction of Human Trafficking.” Salisbury University, Maryland, September 28, 2017.
“’If you’re looking at a frightened woman in a brothel…’: Radical Feminism and Human Trafficking.” Norwegian Institute for International Affairs, Oslo, Norway, March 17, 2017.
“Human Trafficking and National Security.” Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars and Secondary Educators on U.S. National Security Policymaking, U.S. Department of State, January 30, 2017 and January 29, 2018.
National Institute of Justice Expert Working Group on Human Trafficking Research. Sponsored by the United States Department of Justice, Washington DC, 24-25 April 2014.
Presentation, “Trafficking Scholarship, World-Traveling, and Loving Perception.” Sponsored by The Center of Studies of Diversity, Equality and Integration at University West, Trollhatten, Sweden, 17 September 2013.
Working Group on Theorizing Hierarchy in Anarchy: Political, Economic and Social Perspectives. Sponsored by the International Studies Association, San Francisco CA, 1-4 April 2013.
“Ethical Challenges Posed by Alternative Spring Breaks.” Presbyterian Campus Ministry Orientation for Alternative Spring Break in Haiti, University of Delaware, 17 March 2013.
Organizer and co-chair, Working Group on Feminist Security Studies. Sponsored by the International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA, February 2010.
Organizer and participant, Roundtable on International Relations Pedagogy. Sponsored by the International Studies Association-Northeast, Baltimore, MD, October 2009.
Invited participant, Workshop on Interpretive Methods in Political Science. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Toronto, Canada, September 2009.
Invited participant, Panel on Human Trafficking. Sponsored by the United Nations Association of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Institute for Global Studies, Minneapolis, MN, March 2008.
Invited participant, Workshop on Feminist Security Studies. Sponsored by the International
Studies Association, Chicago, IL, February 2007.
Invited participant and discussant, Workshop on Gender in an International Context. Sponsored by the University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, Minneapolis, MN, April 2006.
Invited participant, Workshop on Interpretive and Relational Research Methodologies. Sponsored by the International Studies Association-Northeast, Philadelphia, PA, November