Senior Researcher at Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI)
Tønnessen is a political scientist with a PhD from the University of Bergen. She has a long standing experience and expertise in work on women’s rights and Islam with a track record from the Middle East and Northern Africa with long term stays in Sudan, Lebanon and Syria. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Sudan, including teaching at Ahfad University for Women.
She has published international peer reviewed articles with publishers like Duke University Press, Routledge, Brill, Oxford University Press, and Taylor Francis on women’s rights and activism, women’s political rights/representation, women and resolution 1325, violence against women and Islamic law reform.