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Dr Zeynep Kaya


Dr Zeynep Kaya is a Fellow at the London School of Economics. She completed her PhD in International Relations at LSE on the interaction between international norms and ethnicist conceptions of territorial identity with a focus on the Kurdish case. She is currently working on her book titled The Idea of Kurdistan: International Norms and Nationalism for the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Dr Kaya is also leading the research project  'Investigating the Role of International Actors in Enhancing Women's Rights after a Foreign Military Intervention: A Case Study of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq', in collaboration with the American University in Dubai.


Contact Details

Email: z.n.kaya@lse.ac.uk|
Telephone: +44(0)207 955 6198

Research interests

  • Nationalism and international norms, particularly self-determination
  • Kurdish nationalism in the region and the diaspora
  • International political theory
  • Gender and state-building in the Kurdistan region of Iraq
  • Contemporary Turkish politics