Sharlach's subfields are comparative politics (with a regional emphasis on Africa), international relations, and women's studies. The focus of her research is the intersection of ethnicity, gender, and political violence (particularly terrorism, torture, and genocide).
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Discusses how governmental actions, laws, and policies encouraging or overlooking rape have a direct and deleterious impact on the well-being of citizens, especially those of less powerful social groups.
Examines rape insurance schemes in India and South Africa. Concludes that rape insurance would collectively do women more harm than good.
Discusses how rape has functioned as terror and torture inflicted by men of the security forces of the apartheid and Peruvian states upon women of disempowered ethnic groups during counterinsurgency operations.