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Torunn Wimpelmann

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Political ethnographer whose current focus is on the intersections between gender, political and legal orders in contemporary Afghanistan.

Torunn Wimpelmann completed her PhD on gender violence in Afghanistan (SOAS). Her main research field is gender politics and legal reform in Afghanistan. 

She is the author of The Pitfalls of Protection. Gender, Violence and Power in Afghanistan ( University of California Press, 2017) and has published in Central Asian Survey, Women's  Studies International Forum and Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly and with Routledge and Oxford University Press. 

Wimpelmann is currently co-directing a three year research project on masculinities and marriage practices in Afghanistan with Dr Aziz Hakimi, funded by the Research Council of Norway.  She has also worked on numerous aid evaluations and policy assignments and has several years of field experience from Afghanistan. 

Between 2014 and 2016 she served as an member of the government-appointed Commission of Inquiry into Norway's engagement in Afghanistan. 

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