Dr Ayça Çubukçu

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Ayça Çubukçu is Assistant Professor in Human Rights in the Department of Sociology and the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, London School of Economics and Political Science. Before LSE, Dr Çubukçu taught for the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University and the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University. During the 2009-2010 academic year, she was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute.

A transdisciplinary scholar by training, Dr Çubukçu holds a BA in Government with Distinction in All Subjects from Cornell University and a PhD with Distinction from the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University.

In conjunction with the history and critique of international law, her research and teaching interests are in the fields of social and political theory, human rights, cosmopolitanism, secularism, postcolonial studies and transnational social movements. In her current research, Dr Çubukçu focuses on the politics of transnational solidarity, and on the entanglement of international law and human rights ideals with the ethics and politics of violence. She especially welcomes MSc and PhD students seeking a critical engagement with these fields.

Dr Çubukçu serves on the Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights and leads the Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity research group at the London School of Economics. She is also an Honorary Member of the Centre on Social Movement Studies at the European University Institute, an Affiliated Scholar of the Institute for Global Law and Policy at the Harvard Law School, and a co-editor of Jadaliyya’s Turkey page.

Dr. Çubukçu is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the Harvard University Certificate of Teaching Excellence and the Award for Outstanding Teaching given by the Students’ Union of the London School of Economics.

Selected Publications


Ayça Çubukçu (2015), “On the Exception of Hannah Arendt,” in .Law, Culture and the Humanities, DOI: 10.1177/1743872115588442.

Talal Asad and Ayça Çubukçu (2013), “Neither Heroes, Nor Villains: A Conversation with Talal Asad on Egypt After Morsi,” Jadaliyya, July 23. Republished here in Arabic translation.

Ayça Çubukçu (2013) “The Responsibility to Protect: Libya and the Problem of Transnational Solidarity,” Journal of Human Rights, special issue on Humanitarianism and Responsibility, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp. 40-58.

Partha Chatterjee and Ayça Çubukçu (2012) “Empire as a Practice of Power: An Interview,” published online by Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism and Development, August 2012. Republished in The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 10, Issue 41, No. 1.

Ayça Çubukçu (2011) “On Cosmopolitan Occupations: the Case of the World Tribunal on Iraq,” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 13 (3): 422-442.

Ayça Çubukçu (2010) “Few Prime Fragments for a Radical Title,” parallax, special issue on Affirmation, edited by Gary Peters, Vol. 16 (3).

Ayça Çubukçu (2009) “On the Uneven Geography of Islamic Globalization: the Fact of Iraqi Constitution, the Fatalism of Human Rights,” in Hamilton Magalhaes Neto (ed.) Human Rights and their Possible Universality, Rio de Janeiro: Editora Universitária Candido Mendes, pp. 475-549.

Ayça Çubukçu (2006) “Can the Network Speak? A review of Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri,” Arab Studies Journal, Vol. 8 (2)/Vol. 9 (1): 168-174.

Ayça Çubukçu (2006) “Paradoxes of Sovereignty: War, Justice and the World Tribunal on Iraq,” in Rachel Riedl, Sada Aksartova and Kristine Mitchell (eds.) Bridging Disciplines, Spanning the World: Approaches to Inequality, Identity, and Institutions, Princeton, NJ: Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Monograph Series, No 4: 185-198.

Ayça Çubukçu (2005) ‘“Neither their War, Nor their Peace,”’ Birikim, special issue on Counter-Globalization Movements: Between Dystopia and Utopia, edited by Zafer Yenal et al., Issue 197: 57-60. Published in Turkish.

Public writings include:

Ayça Çubukçu (2016), “It’s the will of the Turkish people, Erdogan says. But which people?,” The Guardian, July 26.     

Ayça Çubukçu (2013), “In this Sublime Struggle of Ours: After Egypt, on Turkey and Terror,” Al Jazeera English, August 23. Republished by T24, Sendika.org and Jadaliyya in Turkish, translated by Balam Kenter.

Ayça Çubukçu (2013), “New Texts Out Now: Ayça Çubukçu, ‘Responsibility to Protect: Libya and the Problem of Transnational Solidarity,”’ interview with Jadaliyya editors, May 29.

Ayça Çubukçu (2011), “Turkey: the ‘Progressive’ Land of Repression,” The Guardian, December 11.

Ayça Çubukçu (2011), “‘Operational Accidents’: On the Turkish State and Kurdish Deaths,” Jadaliyya, December 30.

Ayça Çubukçu (2011), “Killing in the Name of: Libya, Sovereignty, Humanity,” Jadaliyya, March 11. Also available on Immanent Frame, the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) blog on Secularism, Religion, and Public Life.

Ayça Çubukçu (2011), “New Texts Out Now: Ayca Cubukcu, ‘On Cosmopolitan Occupations: the Case of the World Tribunal on Iraq,”’ interview with Jadaliyya editors, November 16.



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