- Professor of Practice of International Affairs; Director, BA/BS in International Affairs Program
- Room 501H Elliott School of International Affairs
- [email protected]
Areas of Expertise
Burma/Myanmar in particular and Southeast Asia more broadly, equitable development, gender and development, civil society in ethnically diverse states
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.
Political reform and development in Myanmar, the role of civil society in Myanmar and Southeast Asia, gender and land rights
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
- “Myanmar in 2018: The Rohingya Crisis Continues,” Asian Survey, 2019 Jan, Vol. 59 No. 1, January/February 2019; (pp. 177-184).
- “Dangerous Speech, Anti-Muslim Violence and Facebook in Myanmar,” In Special Issue: Contentious Narratives: Digital Technology and the Attack on Liberal Democratic Norms, Journal of International Affairs, 2018 Sep, Vol. 71, No. 1.5.
- “Myanmar: Religious Minorities and Constitutional Questions,” In Special Issue: Ghosts from the Past? Assessing Recent Developments in Religious Freedom in South Asia, Asian Affairs, June 2018, Vol. 49, Issue 2, pp. 259-277.
- Christina Fink and Adam Simpson, “Civil Society,” Adam Simpson, Nicholas Farrelly and Ian Holliday, eds., Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Myanmar, London and New York: Routledge, 2018, pp. 257-267. “Myanmar in 2017: Insecurity and Violence,” Asian Survey, 2018 Feb, Vol. 58, No. 1, pp. 158-165.
- “Burmese Sanctuary-Seekers and Migrants in Thailand: Policies, Experiences, and Prospects,” in Kathleen Allden and Nancy Murakami, eds., Trauma and Recovery on War’s Border: A Guide for Global Health Workers, Hanover: Dartmouth College Press, 2015.
- “Myanmar’s Proactive National Legislature,” Social Research, Vol. 82(2) Summer 2015.
- "How Real are Myanmar's Reforms," Current History, Vol. 113(764), September 2014;
- "Re-envisioning Land Tenure and Land Use," in David I Steinberg, ed., Myanmar: The Dynamics of an Evolving Polity, Boulder, CO, Lynne Rienner, 2014;
- Living Silence in Burma: Surviving Under Military Rule (Zed Books, 2nd edition, 2009);
- "Burma 2007: The Moment of the Monks," in Civil Resistance and Power Politics (Oxford University Press, 2009); and
Dr. Fink is also the co-editor of Converging Interests: Traders, Travelers, and Tourists in Southeast Asia (University of California Press, 1999).