Christina Fink

Headshot of Christina Fink

Christina Fink

Professor of International Affairs; Director, BA and BS in International Affairs Program

Full-time Faculty

Department: BS International Affairs, BA International Affairs


Office Phone: 202-994-7192
1957 E St. NW, Office #501H Washington, D.C. 20052

Christina Fink joined the Elliott School in 2011 as an associate professor in the International Development Studies Program. Since 2022, she has also been serving as the Director of the BA and BS in International Affairs Program.

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 has combined research, teaching, and international development work throughout her career. Primarily based in mainland Southeast Asia from 1995-2010, her full-time positions and program evaluation consultancies addressed civil society capacity building in Myanmar with particular attention to gender and social inclusion, and political, economic, and social reforms. During this time, she also wrote Living Silence in Burma: Surviving Under Military Rule (Zed Books: 1st edition 2001, 2nd edition 2009) and served as a lecturer and program associate at the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute in Thailand.

In recent years she has contributed to the development of the GenderPro capacity-building and credentialling program run by GW’s Global Women’s Institute in partnership with UNICEF. She also served on the United States Institute of Peace senior study group on Myanmar which produced two reports: China's Role in Burma's Internal Conflicts (2018) and Anatomy of the Military Coup and Recommendations for the US Response (2022).Her latest publications have addressed the position of religious and ethnic minorities in Myanmar, anti-Muslim violence and the role of Facebook, and the many facets of civil society engagement in development in Myanmar. 

Burma/Myanmar in particular, Thailand, and Southeast Asia more broadly; the politics of development; equitable development, gender and social inclusion.

She is currently working on a book on political, economic, and social development reforms in Myanmar in the 2010s.

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

IAFF 6121 International Development Studies Cornerstone

IAFF 6136 Gender and Development

IAFF 3186W Equitable Development in Southeast Asia 

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