Filiz Kahraman

Assistant Professor, Political Science, UTSC
Affiliated Faculty, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Trinity College
1 Devonshire Place 
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3K7 Canada

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Areas of interest

  • Comparative law and social movements
  • International law and courts
  • Human rights
  • Labor politics
  • European politics
  • Social movements



Filiz Kahraman is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her research investigates law and politics from international and comparative perspectives. She is currently working on a book manuscript examining why labor activists in Europe pursue human rights law as a new mobilization strategy and how international law has affected the lives of aggrieved workers on the ground.

Before joining the University of Toronto, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mortara Center for International Studies at Georgetown University. Her commentary on current human rights issues and the political crisis in Europe and Turkey has appeared in The Washington PostThe Seattle TimesopenDemocracy, and Bianet (in Turkish).

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Awards & recognition

  • National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, 2014-2015
  • SSHRC, Partnership Development Grant (co-applicant), 2019-2022
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Award for Best Dissertation, International Studies Association, Human Rights Section, 2019