Cara Daggett


Cara Daggett

Assistant Professor


535Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership

Political Science


  • Environment and Energy Politics
  • International Relations
  • Critical Security
  • Feminism and Gender Politics
  • Political Theory

Professional Activities

  • International Studies Association-Northeast Governing Council
  • Edited Book Award Committee, Theory Section of International Studies Association


  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Political Science
  • MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science, International Relations
  • AB, Harvard University, Biochemical Sciences

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Enloe Award (2015), International Feminist Journal of Politics for “Drone Disorientations: How ‘Unmanned’ Weapons Queer the Experience of Killing in War.”

    Dean’s Teaching Fellowship (2015), Johns Hopkins University

    Selected Publications


    The Birth of Energy: Fossil Fuels, Thermodynamics, and the Politics of Work. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.


    "Petromasculinity: Fossil Fuels and Authoritarian Desire," Millennium: Journal of International Studies 47:1 (25-44). 

    “Thermodynamics.” In A Lexicon for an Anthropocene Yet Unseen, eds. Cymene Howe and Anand Pandian. Punctum Press

    “World-Viewing as World-Making: Feminist technoscience and the aesthetics of the Anthropocene.” In Worldviews in Science, Technology and Art in International Relations, eds. Madeline Carr, Renee Marlin-Bennett and Jatinder P. Singh. New York: Routledge, 2017.

    “Drone Disorientations: How ‘Unmanned’ Weapons Queer the Experience of Killing in War.” International Feminist Journal of Politics 17.3 (2015): 361-379.

    Additional Information

    Dr. Daggett is making final revisions to her book manuscript, which is under contract with Duke University Press. The book traces the entangled industrial politics of work and energy following the ‘discovery’ of energy in the 19th century. Through the science of energy, work could be conceved as a site of energy conversion that was in need of new tactics of imperial governance. The conclusion argues that, without challenging dominant practices of work and leisure, it will remain difficult to dislodge fossil fuel cultures.

    Dr. Daggett is also beginning research on her next project, which interrogates the relationship between energy and gender. 

    For further information, please visit Dr. Daggett’s personal website.