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

Burma/Myanmar in particular and Southeast Asia more broadly, equitable development, gender and development, civil society in ethnically diverse states


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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

Political reform and development in Myanmar, the role of civil society in Myanmar and Southeast Asia, land rights


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley


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

Classes Taught

IAFF 6121 International Development Studies Cornerstone

IAFF 6136 Gender and Development

IAFF 6137 International Development Studies Pre-Capstone Workshop

IAFF 6139 International Development Studies Capstone

IAFF 3186W Equitable Development in Southeast Asia