PROFILE: DENIZ GOKALP


Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2007 Postdoctoral Fellow


My research interests include political and comparative historical sociology: more specifically, issues of political violence and militarism, neoliberalism, democracy, mobilization and contentious politics, identity politics and political identity, globalization, regionalization, and transnational forces/pro- cesses. I have taught classes on political violence, globalization, democracy, social justice, and urban politics. I am currently working on a book manuscript analyzing the relationship between the neoliberal restructuring of the state; democracy; and political violence, with a focus on the new face of the Kurdish question in Turkey since the NATO-supported military coup in 1980. My research has received support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

By focusing on the complex interrelations between politics, economy and society, I aim to under- stand the local, regional and national reflections of the contemporary global processes of militari- zation, marketization and depoliticization. I am interested in the societal aspects of the neoliberal appropriation of the state, civil society and economy, including the decline in social democratic mobilization, the consolidation of solidarities defined in ethnic and religious terms, and the vicious continuation of political violence organized in ethnic and religious terms, carried out by supposedly anti-systemic non-state actors, but perpetuated also by states. My research focuses on Turkey and the Middle East, but uses some Balkan, Latin American and Central Asian countries for comparative purposes due to certain shared historical and political trajectories.

I am pleased to join the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs and the Middle Eastern Studies Pro- gram at Syracuse University as a postdoctoral research fellow and excited about being a part of the Leaders for Democracy Fellows Program. During my affiliation, I will teach a course entitled “Violence and Democracy in the Middle East”.