Professor of Practice of International Affairs
Room 501 H
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1957 E Street, N.W.
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, land rights
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
- “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).