Transition Assistance Practice Group

Nimmi Gowrinathan

Nimmi Gowrinathan is the Founder and Director of The Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative, a global initiative examining the impact of rape on women’s political identities. She is also a visiting Research Professor at the Colin Powell Center for Global and Civic Leadership at City College New York. She is currently directing a new program under this initiative, “Beyond Identity: A Gendered-Platform for Scholar Activists”. She is also a Senior Scholar at the Center for Political Conflict, Gender, and People’s Rights at the University of California, Berkeley and the creator of the Female Fighter Series at Guernica Magazine.

Nimmi has recently been a senior advisor on political voice for the ADB/UN Women Benchmark Paper on SDG’s in the Asia-Pacific region; a gender expert for the United Nations Human Development Report on Afghanistan; and a policy consultant and analyst for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and the International Crisis Group, researching and analysing gender inclusion in peacebuilding and women’s insecurities in Sri Lanka. She was formerly the Director of South Asia Programs and UN Representative for Operation USA.

Nimmi received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles titled “Why Women Rebel: Understanding Female Fighters in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam” which received the Jean and Irving Stone Award for Innovation in Gender Studies. She provides expert analysis for CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, and the BBC, and has published in Harper’s Magazine, Foreign Affairs, Guernica Magazine, and Al Jazeera English, among others. Her work, and writings, can be found at