Molly O'Hagan

Graduate Student
MA Cohort 2018


Critical Security Studies, Feminist and Queer Studies, Middle East Studies, Human Rights and Legal Studies


(2013) Bachelor of Arts, Feminist Studies and Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz


Molly is a MA student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After receiving her B.A. from UC Santa Cruz with a double major in Literature and Feminist Studies with a focus on law, politics, and social change, she worked for the State of California and supported a pilot program with the International Rescue Committee, where she taught ESL for resettled women and children in Sacramento, California.


Molly's research focuses on how tensions between citizenship and terrorism are mapped onto female bodies.


My project traces the prosecution of Daesh wives currently being detained in Iraq, contextualizing their conditions in their detention and adjudication as “wives of Daesh,” and examines the role of citizenship in determining their legal standing.