Filiz Kahraman

Filiz Kahraman
Assistant Professor
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Filiz Kahraman’s research investigates law and politics from international and comparative perspectives. She is currently working on a book manuscript examining why labor activists in Europe pursue human rights law as a new mobilization strategy and how international law has affected the lives of workers on the ground.

Before joining the department, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mortara Center for International Studies at Georgetown University. She received her PhD in political science from the University of Washington.

Her research has been funded by multiple organizations, including the National Science Foundation and her dissertation has been awarded the Lynne Rienner Publishers Award for Best Dissertation by the International Studies Association’s Human Rights Section. Her commentary on current human rights issues and the political crisis in Europe and Turkey has appeared in The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, openDemocracy, and Bianet (in Turkish).

Research Interests

  • Comparative politics
  • International law and courts
  • European politics
  • Sociolegal studies
  • Human Rights
  • Social movements
  • Labor politics


  • B.A. Bogazici University, Turkey
  • M.A. University of Washington
  • Ph.D. University of Washington


Teaching Interests

  • POLD44H3 - Comparative Law and Social Change
  • POLC38H3 - International Law
  • POLC39H3 - Comparative Legal Systems
  • POLC33H3 - Politics of International Human Rights