Christina Fink

Christina Fink

Christina Fink

Professor of Practice of International Affairs and of Anthropology


Office Phone: (202) 994-7916

Dr.Fink is a cultural anthropologist at the Elliott School of International Affairs, where she directs the program in International Development Studies. She specializes in Burma (Myanmar).

Harry Harding Teaching Award, Elliott School of International Affairs, 2016

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

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

IAFF 3186W: Equitable Development in Southeast Asia
IAFF 6121: International Development Studies Cornerstone Seminar
IAFF 6136: Gender and Development
IAFF 6137: International Development Studies Pre-Capstone Workshop
IAFF 6139: International Development Studies Capstone Seminar


Last updated August 15, 2017


2009  Fink, C. Living Silence in Burma: Surviving Under Military Rule, London: Zed Books. (1st edition entitled Living Silence: Burma Under Military Rule, Zed Books, 2001).

1999  Forshee, J., C. Fink and S. Cate, eds. Converging Interests: Traders, Travelers, and Tourists in Southeast Asia, ed. by Jill Forshee, with Christina Fink and Sandra Cate.  Berkeley, California: International Area Studies, UC Berkeley.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

2015  Fink, C. “Myanmar’s proactive national legislature,” Social Research: An International Quarterly (special issue entitled From Burma to Myanmar: Critical Transitions), 82(2): 327-354.

2015  Fink, C. “Re-envisioning Land Tenure and Land Use.” In D.I. Steinberg, ed., Myanmar: Dynamics of an Evolving Polity. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.

2015  Fink, C. “Burmese sanctuary-seekers and migrants in Thailand: Policies, experiences, and prospects.” In K. Allden and N. Murakami, eds., Trauma and Recovery on War’s Border: A Guide for Global Health Workers. Hanover, NH: Dartmouth College Press.

2010  Fink, C. “Relieving Burma’s humanitarian crisis.” In L. Dittmer, ed., Burma or Myanmar? The Struggle for National Identity.  Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific.

Ph.D. 1994, University of California-Berkeley
M.A. 1990, University of California-Berkeley
B.A. 1986 (International Relations), Stanford University