SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

Awino Okech

BA (Kenya) MScoSc (South Africa), PhD (South Africa)
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Awino Okech
Centre for Gender Studies

MA in Gender Studies Convenor

Dr Awino Okech
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Dr. Awino Okech's teaching and research interests lies in the nexus between gender, sexuality and nation/state making projects as they occur in conflict and post-conflict societies. In addition, Dr Okech sees the processes through which knowledge production occurs as critical to transforming and re-thinking academic practice today. Therefore the politics of knowledge production, research and research(ing) form a central part for her teaching and researching focus. Prior to her appointment at the Centre for Gender Studies, she contributed to knowledge production and transfer through an adjunct teaching position with the African Leadership Centre at Kings College London where she co-convened the Gender Leadership and Society module as part of the MSc in Security, Leadership and Society.


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Alison Jin, Sustainable Representation of Women in Parliament via Gender Quotas in Post-conflict Rwanda
  • Hanna Al Taher, Gendered Citizenship in Jordan: Imagining, Claiming, Resisting Belonging
  • Nina Sun, A Study of Millions of Mixed-Orientation Marriages in Yangtze River Delta in China

Gender theory and the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law



Okech, Awino (2018) 'Boundary anxieties and infrastructures of violence: Somali identity in post-Westgate Kenya'. Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, (3) 2, pp 293-309.

Okech, Awino (2018) 'Respectable femininities: Discourses on widow inheritance in Kenya'. Sexualities. [Forthcoming]

Olonisakin, 'Funmi and Hendricks, Cheryl and Okech, Awino (2015) 'The convergence and divergence of three pillars of influence in gender and security'. African Security Review, (24) 4, pp 376-389.

Okech, Awino (2015) 'Asymmetrical conflict and human security: Reflections from Kenya'. Strategic Review for Southern Africa, (37) 1, pp 53-74.

Okech, Awino (2013) 'Gendered security: Between ethno-nationalism and constitution making in Kenya'. Africa Peace and Conflict Journal, (6) 1, pp 29-42.

Edited Books or Journals

Olonisakin, Funmi and Hendricks, Cheryl and Okech, Awino, (eds.), (2013) Africa peace and conflict journal - Vo.6 No. 1. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: University for Peace Africa Programme.

Olonisakin, Funmi and Okech, Awino, (eds.), (2011) Women and Security Governance in Africa. Cape Town; Dakar; Nairobi; Oxford: Fahamu; Pambazuka Press.

Book Chapters

Matchett, Sara and Okech, Awino (2015) 'Uhambo: pieces of a dream - Waiting in the Ambiguity of Liminality'. In: Reinelt, Janelle and Singleton, Brian, (eds.), Performing Migrancy and Mobility in Africa. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp 110-124.

Okech, Awino (2013) ''In sisterhood and solidarity': queering African feminist spaces'. In: Ekine, Sokari and Abbas, Hakima, (eds.), Queer African Reader. Dakar: Pambazuka Press.


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