Kutbettin Kilic joined American University of Ras al Khaimah in Fall 2019 as an Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies. He received his PhD in Middle East Studies, and Political Science (minor) from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2018. His primary research interests include nationalism, ethnicity and religion, civil wars, modern Middle East history, Turkish politics, state and society relations.
Ph.D., Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2018.
Minor: Political Science
Dissertation: Ethnicity, Religion and Political Behavior: The Kurdish Issue in Turkey
MA, International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara/Turkey. 2007.
Master’s Thesis: Between Dream and Reality: The Iraqi Kurds.
BA, International Relations, Beykent University, Istanbul/Turkey, 2004.
- “Negotiating the Meaning of Kurdishness: the Construction of a Secular Kurdish Identity Perception by Kurdish Political and Intellectual Elites in Turkey,” Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 56, Issue 6, 2020.
- “Ethnic Category and Ethnic Group: A Conceptual Approach to the Kurdish Issue in Turkey” in Aliağa Mammadli, Adeline Braux, Ceyhun Mahmudlu (ed.), Azerbaijani and Beyond: Perspectives on the Construction of National Identity, Berlin: Verlag Dr. Koster, 2017.
- “Bir Etnik Sorunun Arkeolojisi: Irak Kürtleri (The Archaeology of an Ethnic Problem: Kurds in Iraq)” in Kemal İnat and Burhanettin Duran (ed.), Dünya Çatışma Bölgeleri (Major Conflict Zones in the World), Istanbul: Nobel Publications, 2010.
- Review of Harmonizing Foreign Policy: Turkey, the EU and the Middle East, by Mesut Özcan, Alternatives, Vol. 8 No. 3, 2009
Work in Progress
- “Ethnicity Identity in Social and Political Domains: a New Conceptual Model”, under review, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.
- “Islam and Ethnicity: Secular and Non-Secular Ethnic Identity Perceptions,” with Esma Erdogan, under review, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.
- “The Nexus between Ideology and Language Use in Turkish Political Domain,” with Esma Erdogan.
- Introduction to Islam in World Culture
- Survey of United Arab Emirates Studies