Lindy Heinecken is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Sociology and Social Anthropology Department at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, where she lectures in political and industrial sociology. Her research focuses on military unionism, women and peacekeeping, and the armed forces and society. She has also published on additional issues, which include gender integration, civil-military relations, HIV/AIDS, and security. She holds a MSocSc from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a PhD from King’s College, Department of War Studies, University of London. She sits on various academic boards, which include the Council of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (USA) and the International Sociological Association’s (ISA) Armed Forces and Conflict Resolution working group. She is a 2016 recipient of the Social Science Research Council’s African Peacebuilding Network’s Book Manuscript Completion Grant.