Sara Meger received her PhD in International Relations from the University of Melbourne. She also holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Melbourne and a BA (Hons.) in Political Science from McGill University. Her research has focused on the international political economy of sexual and gender-based violence in war and armed conflict. Research interests include: gender and militarism, critical security studies, masculinity and political violence, international political economy, and the security-development nexus.
In 2016, her book Rape/Loot/Pillage: The Political Economy of Wartime Sexual Violence will be published with Oxford University Press, detailing the findings of her PhD research into the causes and consequences of sexual violence perpetrated in the context of war in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Journal articles based on this research are also available from International Studies Quarterly, The International Feminist Journal of Politics, The Journal of Contemporary African Studies, and African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review.
Her current research develops a feminist political economy framework for understanding political violence. It explores the intersections of patriarchy and imperialism in the global political economy to understand how armed conflict and political violence in post-colonial states form a key part of capital accumulation in deeply gendered ways.