photo: Christina Fink

Christina Fink

Professor of Practice of International Affairs
Room 501 H
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-870-7916

Areas of Expertise

Development theory, gender and development, anthropology of development, politics of development, and Southeast Asia


Professor Fink joined the Elliott School in 2011. She is a cultural anthropologist who has combined teaching, research, and development work throughout her career.

She received her B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social/Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley.

She served as a visiting lecturer at the Pacific and Asian Studies Department at the University of Victoria in 1995, and from 2001-2010, she was a lecturer and program associate at the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute in Thailand. During the same period, she also ran a bi-annual capacity building training and internship program which she developed for members of Burmese civil society organizations, including women's groups.

In addition, she has worked as a coordinator for the Open Society Institute's Burma Project, a trainer and project consultant for an Internews oral history project, and a program evaluation consultant for the Canadian International Development Agency, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation.

Current Research

The challenges of development in repressive states, gender issues in development, the development of civil society in ethnically diverse societies, and the use of oral history to document and understand social and political change.


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley


  • Living Silence in Burma: Surviving Under Military Rule (Zed Books, 2nd edition, 2009))
  • "Relieving Burma's Humanitarian Crisis," in Burma's Search for National Identity (World Scientific 2010)
  • "Burma 2007: The Moment of the Monks," in Civil Resistance and Power Politics (Oxford University Press, 2009) and
  • "Ongoing Militarization in Burma's Ethnic States: Causes and Consequences," in Contemporary Politics (2008).

Dr. Fink is the co-editor of Converging Interests: Traders, Travelers, and Tourists in Southeast Asia (University of California Press, 1999).