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Nisa Goksel

Area(s) of Interest

Gender and Sexuality; Political and Comparative Studies; War, Violence, and Peace; Migration, Displacement and Diaspora Studies; Feminist and Women’s Movements in the Middle East; Subaltern Studies and Postcolonial Theory; Transnationalism.

Bio and Dissertation Summary:

Goksel recently completed her Ph.D. studies in Sociology with a graduate certificate from the Gender and Sexualities Studies Department at Northwestern University. She is currently a visiting research fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation focuses on the political mobilization of Kurdish women in Turkey, the Kurdish region, and Europe. Her research considers how Kurdish women, despite experiencing violence and displacement, develop agency through their active participation in armed struggle, local/transnational activism, and parliamentary and municipal politics. By relying on interviews and ethnographic observations conducted in multiple field sites (Istanbul, Diyarbakir, Berlin, and Paris), her dissertation demonstrates that activist Kurdish women act in and across borders of the realms of revolution, politics, and family. She further shows that Kurdish women activists reconfigure the meaning and space of the “political” in various sites from urban centers to local politics to the mountainous guerilla camps.


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship, 2016-2017        
KOÇ University KOÇ-KAM Gender Studies Center Nermin Abadan Unat Social Science Award, 2015-2016        
Sabancı University Dicle Koğacıoğlu Annual Article Award, 2015   
Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund, 2014-2015
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