Cara Daggett

Cara Daggett, Assistant Professor

Cara Daggett, Assistant Professor
Cara Daggett, Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science 
535 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street 
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8475 |

Dr. Daggett researches feminist and environmental politics, and is particularly interested in the politics of energy. Her book, The Birth of Energy, traces the entangled politics of work and energy following thediscovery 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.

  • Environment and Energy Politics
  • International Relations
  • Critical Security
  • Feminism and Gender Politics
  • Political Theory
  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Political Science
  • MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science, International Relations
  • AB, Harvard University, Biochemical Sciences
  • International Studies Association-Northeast Governing Council
  • Edited Book Award Committee, Theory Section of International Studies Association
  • 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


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

Journal Articles

"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.

  • 2011-2012 Charles Lathrop Pack Fellowship in Memory of John Hibben
  • 2009-2010 Charles Lathrop Pack Fellowship in Memory of Walter Hines Page
  • 2008 Johns Hopkins Graduate Representative Organization Conference Grant
  • 2004-2005 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to the London School of Economics and

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