Department of Politics and International Studies

Professor Awino Okech

Key information

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


Dr Awino Okech is a Professor of Feminist and Security Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies.

Professor Okech's teaching, and research sits at the nexus of gender, sexuality, conflict, and security studies. Alongside her teaching, Professor Okech also serves as the founding Director of the Feminist Centre for Racial Justice that focuses on the majority world as geographies from which to build feminist imaginaries of “race”.

Prior to joining SOAS, Professor Okech 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 her research, teaching and public facing work. 

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)
Tanvi Kanchan Digital Decolonial Queerness: Assertions and Negotiations in Indian Women’s Online Communities
Ms Nina Sun Intra-household Gender Relations and Modern Marriage Ideal in urban China


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