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Burcu Ozcelik

Burcu Ozcelik

Teaching Associate


Burcu Özçelik is a teaching associate in the Department of Politics and International Studies. Her doctoral thesis explores a contestation-based account of political reconciliation informed by the debate between deliberative and agonistic accounts of democracy and is titled ‘Reclaiming reconciliation: Pro-Kurdish rights claims and the politics of recognition in Turkey, 2002-2015’. She holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. She has published in Foreign Affairs, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Sada Journal, The Daily Star (Lebanon), Syria Forward, EurasiaCritic and the Journal of the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies. She previously worked for the United Nations Development Programme.

Research Interests

Burcu's broader research engages with the contemporary politics of the Middle East, with particular reference to Iraq, Syria and Turkey and transnational Kurdish politics. Her focus is on human rights reform, self-determination claims, constitutionalisation and the politics of recognition and identity. 


Burcu teaches on the POL12 (Politics of the Middle East), POL16 (Conflict and Peacebuilding) and POL4 (Comparative Politics) papers.