Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Awino Okech

Key information

Department of Politics and International Studies Reader in Political Sociology
Department of Politics and International Studies
BA (University of Nairobi), PhD (University of Cape Town)
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Support hours
Mondays 2:00pm - 4:00pm


My teaching and research interests lie in the nexus between gender, sexuality, security, and nation/state making projects as they occur in conflict and post-conflict societies. I am attentive to power in knowledge production and transfer processes and explore these dynamics through my methodological and pedagogical choices in my research and in the classroom. Prior to joining SOAS, I worked for over a decade in the development sector across various sub-regions in Africa, supporting women rights organisations and local movements working at the intersection of gender and conflict. This work remains central to my scholarship and teaching and is illustrated in ongoing support to feminist social justice movements in Africa and feminist movement building organisations globally. At SOAS, my work is split between teaching in the Department of Politics and International Studies and supporting the delivery of SOAS racial justice commitments as Associate Director Equity and Accountability

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PhD Supervision

Name Title
Hanna Al Taher Gendered Citizenship in Jordan: Imagining, Claiming, Resisting Belonging
Renata Guimarães Naso Engaging with (dis)embodiment: Brazilian women and sexual harassment in public spaces.
Xia'nan Jin Women's political life in post-genocide Rwanda (working title)
Ms Nina Sun Intra-household Gender Relations and Modern Marriage Ideal in urban China


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