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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Ayşe Zarakol is Reader in International Relations in POLIS and a Fellow at Emmanuel College. Dr. Zarakol's primary research interests are in international theory and security (with an emphasis on approaches rooted in social theory and historical sociology). More specifically, she works on the evolution of East and West relations in the international order, history of international orders and sovereignty, and the politics of non-Western powers. 

She is the author of After Defeat: How the East Learned to Live with the West (Cambridge Studies in International Relations, no.118, Cambridge University Press, 2011; published with a new introduction in Turkish as Yenilgiden Sonra: Doğu Batı ile Yaşamayı Nasıl Öğrendi (Koç Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2012; second edition in 2019). Her articles have appeared in journals such as International Organization, International Theory, International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, among many others. Her edited book Hierarchies in World Politics (Cambridge Studies in International Relations, no.144, Cambridge University Press, 2017), was a runner-up for the 2019 ISA Theory section prize. Her research has been supported by a number of academic and government institutions in the UK, North America and Europe, and she has held visiting fellowships with the Council on Foreign Relations, the Oslo Nobel Institute and CRASSH, to name a few. Her next book, which studies sovereignty and international orders from an (Eur)asian perspective, will be published by Cambridge University Press.

Dr Zarakol serves on the following editorial boards: International Organization, International Theory, Review of International Studies, International Relations, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Global Constitutionalism, New Area Studies, Relacianes Internacionales.  She is also a member of the international PONARS Eurasia network which advances new approaches to research and security in Eurasia. 


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