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Burcu Ozcelik

Burcu Ozcelik

Teaching Associate

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Dr Burcu Özçelik is a teaching associate in Conflict, Peacebuilding and the Politics of the Middle East. She completed her PhD in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. She has published in Foreign Affairs, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 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 research engages with the contemporary politics of the Middle East, with particular reference to transnational Kurdish politics, Syria, Iraq and Turkey’s national and foreign policy. Thematic interests involve human rights discourse, self-determination claims, and the politics of recognition and identity. She is currently working on her book Kurds Across Borders: Turkey, Syria and Iraq.


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