Deniz Gökalp

Acting Chair of the Department of Psychology and Associate Professor of Sociology

School of Arts & Sciences

Department of International and Middle Eastern Studies


Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, US
M.A. in Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, US
B.A. in Business Administration, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey

Dr. Deniz Gökalp obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduation, she was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs at Syracuse University. She is currently Associate Professor of Social Sciences at the American University in Dubai.

Dr. Gökalp is a political sociologist with research and teaching interest in war, conflict and political violence; reconstruction and development in war zones; women’s rights and gender politics; politics of humanitarianism; and political and forced migration. She has taught graduate and undergraduate level courses at the University of Texas at Austin, Syracuse University and American University in Dubai. Dr. Gökalp has led two major research projects in collaboration with the London School of Economics between 2013 and 2018. She traveled to Iraq several times to conduct field research to investigate the role of international actors in state‐building and institutional dealings with women’s and displaced people’s rights and issues in Iraq. She is currently involved in a research collaboration project, led by Chr. Michelsen Institute and funded by the Research Council of Norway, to explore the new forms of foreign policy and humanitarian diplomacy conducted by new state donors in the field of humanitarianism.

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