Jennie E. Burnet

Research Interests:

Jennie E. Burnet is a sociocultural anthropologist.  She received a B.A. in French and Comparative Literature from Boston University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Her research interests include gender, ethnicity, race, war, genocide, and reconciliation in post-conflict societies.  Her geographic specializations are Rwanda, Burundi, and the African Great Lakes region.

Recent publications:

  • "Women Have Found Respect: Gender Quotas, Symbolic Representation and Female Empowerment in Rwanda," (2011) Politics & Gender 7(3):303-334
  • "Rwanda country report" in Countries at the Crossroads 2007: A Survey of Democratic Governance.  F. House.  Lanham, Maryland, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.: 571-597.
  • "Gender Balance and the Meanings of Women in Governance in Post-Genocide Rwanda," African Affairs 107(428):361-386.
  • "The Injustice of Local Justice: Truth, Reconciliation, and Revenge in Rwanda," Journal of Genocide Studies and Prevention 3(2):173-193.
  • "Whose Genocide?  Whose Truth?  Representations of victim and perpetrator in Rwanda," in Genocide: Truth, Memory and Representation.  A.L. Hinton and K. O'Neill, Eds.  Durham, Duke University Press:80-110.

Currently, Burnet is writing a book manuscript.  Through vivid ethnographic detail, the book examines women in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.  The book focuses on the consequences of ethnic classification and the politics of memory and reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda.

Her new research examines the impact of war, genocide, and forced migration on sexuality in the African Great Lakes region.  In particular, the project investigates the social production of normatively gendered subjects and sexed bodies through traditional, non-surgical practices that transform the female genitalia and through efforts to introduce male circumcision as a technique for preventing transmission of HIV.

Dr. Burnet teaches courses on the anthropology of Africa, war, gender, sexuality, subjectivity, and development.