Filiz Kahraman

Filiz Kahraman

Assistant Professor
Highland Hall- HL582


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 aggrieved 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. 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


  • [Forthcoming, 2019]. “Racial Capitalism and Law: The Interdependence of Liberal and Authoritarian Legalities in Comparative Perspective.” Annual Review of Law and Social Science. Co-authored with Michael McCann.
  • [Forthcoming]. “The European Court of Human Rights: Towards a Holistic Approach to Human Rights” in The Institutions of Human Rights: Developments and Practices. Eds. Susan Kang and Gord DiGiacomo. University of Toronto Press.
  • 2017. “A New Era for Labor Activism? Strategic Mobilization of Human Rights against Blacklisting.” Law & Social Inquiry.

Teaching Interests: 

  • POL 492-2392 Comparative Law and Social Change
  • POLC 38 International Law
  • POLC 39 Comparative Legal Systems