Jennie E. Burnet, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Global Studies & Anthropology
Associate Director of the Global Studies Institute
Georgia State University

Photo provided by World Affairs Council of Atlanta.

My work explores the social, cultural and psychological aspects of war, genocide, and mass violence and the micro-level impact of large scale social change in the context of conflict. My mission as a scholar is to represent an empirically-based and theoretically-grounded understanding of social processes in volatile areas of the world. The majority of my research has focused on changing gender roles, the politics of memory, and local coping mechanisms in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. I am particularly interested in how women rebuilt their lives in the wake of war, how they give meaning to their experiences, and how they navigate the dangerous emotional and political terrain of memory.

Women’s Cooperative Leaders, North province, 2007. Photo by Jennie Burnet

My current research agenda is focused on three areas:

  • understanding organized resistance, rescuer behavior, and Rwandan Muslims’ roles in the 1994 genocide;
  • the long-term cultural, social, and psychological consequences of gender-based violence during conflict on women’s agency; and
  • women’s social movements and women’s roles in democratization, conflict resolution, and peace building.


I hold a Ph.D. and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Prior to joining Georgia State University in August 2015, I was an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Louisville.