Joshua Corona

Mentor: Dr. Laura Sjoberg
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I am a student of International Relations and Global Strategic Communications. I spend a considerable amount of time away for research and aim to make a positive impact on global politics. While most of my professional work has dealt with corruption, governance and financial crime prevention (which leads to the funding of terrorism), I hope to one-day spearhead efforts to bring about more equitable solutions for the most disempowered groups among us. The issues of gender, race, ethnicity and religion have been constant sources of conflict since humanity’s nascent years. I hope that my research will highlight the changes necessary in global politics to bring about such change."


Political Science (IR)


Global Strategic Communications

Research Interests

  • Leadership
  • Global Politics
  • Gender, Race, Religion, Ethnicity

Academic Awards

  • SAGE Scholarship (for international study)
  • Gilman Scholarship
  • University Scholar 2016


  • International Governance and Risk Institute
  • Parallax: Perspectives in Politics
  • International Scholars


  • March of Dimes
  • Relay for Life

Hobbies and Interests

  • Fine Arts (Painting)
  • Woodworking (I make tables)
  • Cycling
  • Cooking

Research Description

Sex and War: Exploring Leader Sex and Militarized Behavior
This research analyzes the militarized behavior of state leaders and aims to answer whether female executives are more likely to use military force or look to diplomacy when faced with international crises. Using variables from the Correlates of War, Polity IV, and LEAD datasets, the paper quantifies instances of militarized interstate disputes, levels of aggression, dispute settlements, leader experiences and attributes, and state conditions, which account for variances between the sexes. It observes the years 1960 to 2010 when a female leader was responsible for foreign policy decisions, and an equivalent number of years in which male counterparts held the post. This measured context is an important distinction from the existing literature. Using controlled case studies and interactions with feminist critical theory, the paper argues that leader sex does matter, but not, as some who have quantified sex and IR before have suggested. The intersection of sex and gender has a real, but non-linear, effect on leader propensity for violence. Sex matters in a complex constellation of gender role expectations, coupled with the gendered behavior of states and militarized culture. Subsequently, both leadership and state conduct are subject to preconceived and gendered assumptions, which constrain male and female executives alike.