Gender and Women's Studies

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Tina Beyene

Tina Beyena
Assistant Professor
(818) 677-4475
Office location:
JR 340E


Professor Beyene is an interdisciplinary scholar with research and teaching interests in gender-based violence, African conflict zones, and human rights law; postcolonial studies; transnational feminism; African feminist movements; and critical development studies. Her work on conflict zones examines the colonial underpinnings of the mass rape of Tutsi women in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. While western feminist human rights legal scholars largely view gender-based violence (GBV) in conflict zones as a continuum of patriarchal violence, Professor Beyene argues that Belgian colonial politics and its racialized legacy of indigeneity crucially informed the logic of sexual warfare in the 1994 genocide. Her most recent research examines the grassroots feminist activism in the backdrop of an adversarial state-feminism in her native, Ethiopia. Specifically, she explores the impact of the Charities and Societies Proclamation (CSO law), a 2009 law that banned most NGOs in the country from working on human rights, women’s rights, democracy, and governance, restricting work in those areas solely to the state. Based on interviews with prominent grassroots women’s rights activists in Ethiopia, she analyzes the creative and experimental tactics women’s rights activists have developed in order to navigate state appropriation of women’s rights work. Professor Beyene also has a background as a research consultant for international agencies working on the global gender divide in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Currently, she is writing a report for EQUALS: The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age (an initiative of UN Women and the International Telecommunication Union) in which she examines the global digital gender divide beyond a gender binary. In 2015, she conducted a national assessment of women’s barriers to the STEM fields in Ethiopia. Before pursuing an academic career, she was an editor and publisher at South End Press, a feminist collective that published social justice books.