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 Fields: Public Law, Comparative Politics, International Relations


  • B.A. Bogazici University, Turkey

  • M.A. University of Washington

  • Ph.D. University of Washington

Research Interests: 

  • Comparative politics

  • International law and courts

  • European politics

  • Sociolegal studies

  • Human Rights

  • Social movements

  • Labor politics


Teaching Interests: 

  • POLD 44 Comparative Law and Social Change

  • POLC 38 International Law

  • POLC 39 Comparative Legal Systems

  • POLC33 Politics of International Human Rights