Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Dilan Okcuoglu

B.A. Economics (Bogazici University); M.A. Political Science and Public Administration (METU-Completed coursework); M.A. Political Science (CEU); M.A. Political Studies (Queen’s)

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Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall
Fax:  (613) 533-6848
Supervisors: M. MooreZ. Csergo 


Research Interests

Dilan’s research focuses on the perceived imperatives of territorial control on the part of the state and its political effects on other policies and practices of the state aimed at the political inclusion of Kurds through democratization and integration. Based on approximately two years of field research in Turkey, half of which was in the borderlands, her thesis questions the limits of centrally designed policies for minority accommodation in conflict-ridden countries.

Brief Biography

Dilan spent most of her time in the academia. She has a solid background in economics, politics and philosophy. She also worked as a professional journalist for the English daily newspaper in Istanbul. She is also an active member of her Kurdish community.  She is a former member of International Federation of University Women. For her, politics is not only what you learn at school but it is something more about how you live.


“Multiple Faces of Everyday Colonialism in Turkey: Building Spatial Justice from the Perspectives of Kurds,” Birikim, January 2016;

“la quête kurde de l’autonomie territoriale”, newspaper article, Le Devoir, August 2015;

“Local Peacebuilding in Turkey’s Kurdish Borderlands,” Insight on Conflict, June 2015;

“Empirical Observations from the Ground: Life in a Border Town of Turkey” Conference Paper prepared for the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), October 2014;

“Territorial Policies of the Turkish State in Contested Borderlands: Case Study of the City of Van” Conference Presentation at British Political Science Association (PSA), April 2014;

Review of “Ne Degisti? Kurt Kadinlarinin Zorunlu Goc Deneyimleri (What Has Changed? Kurdish Women’s Experiences of Forced Migration)” by Semsa Ozar, Handan Caglayan and Ayse Tepe Dogan. International Feminist Journal of Politics 15 (3): 2013;

Review of “Gendered Experiences of Genocide: Anfal Survivors in Kurdistan-Iraq” by Choman Hardi. International Feminist Journal of Politics 15 (1): 2013;

“At the urban epicenter of Kurdish pain”, newspaper article, Hurriyet Daily News, August 2008;


Mitacs Globalink Research Award—2015/16 (5 000 CAD);
International Development Research Center in Canada--2013/14 (17 000 CAD);
MESA Travel Grant—2014 (declined due to emergency situation);
Dean’s Fieldwork Grant—2012/13 (3 000 CAD);
Queen’s Graduate Scholarship—2008/2013 (19 000 CAD per year);IQMR, Syracuse University, Summer School Scholarship—2013;
Queen’s Ethnicity and Democratic Governance Project, Self-Determination and Secession Summer School Scholarship, Mexico—2012.


POLS 110: Introduction to Politics (2010, TA);
POLS 242: Comparative Politics: Contemporary Regimes (Fall 2010; 2012; 2016, TA);
POLS 243: Comparative Politics: State, Nation and Democracy (2010; 2012, TA and Head TA);
POLS 244: Comparative Politics: Democracy and Democratization (2011, TA and Guest Lecturer for one week);
POLS 250: Political Theory (2008-2009, TA);
POLS 449: International Conflict Analysis; Bogazici University (Summer 2013, Instructor).
POLS 461: International Regimes: States, Regimes and Democratization in the Middle East (Fall 2016, Instructor)