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Aysegul Keskin Zeren

Aysegul Keskin Zeren has been hired as a Visiting Full Time Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Transformation by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  Aysegul was previously an instructor at the Center for Applied Conflict Management here at Kent State, teaching “Introduction to Conflict Management” and “Reconciliation vs. Revenge: Transitional Justice” courses.  Her doctoral dissertation in Political Science at Kent State University focused on transitional justice in Iraq. Aysegul was awarded a research grant from the Kent State University Graduate Student Senate for her dissertation, “Iraq’s de-Ba’athification: Analyzing the Degrees to which the Implemented Policy Reflected the Particular Rationales.” In 2006, she worked as a project associate at the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) on “Coming to Terms: From a Local Participatory Model to Help Solve Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Problems towards a Culture of Empathetic Dialogue.” Aysegul also served as a facilitator in the 6th Annual Meeting of Turkey’s European Union Observatory.


Ph.D. Political Science, Kent State University, 2014
M.A. Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Sabanci University, 2007
B.A. International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University, 2005

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


“Whose Truth, Whose Justice? Religious and Cultural Traditions in Transitional Justice,” Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Fall 2010 (with Landon E. Hancock). 

“Reconciliation Dilemmas in Post-Ba’athist Iraq: Truth Commissions, Media and Ethno-sectarian Conflicts” with Ibrahim Al-Marashi, in The Politics of Violence, Truth and Reconciliation in the Arab Middle East, Suna Haugbolle and Anders Hastrup, editors. Routledge, 2008.

“Reconciliation Dilemmas in Post-Ba’athist Iraq: Truth Commissions, Media and Ethno-sectarian Conflicts,” Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 13, No.2, 2008 (with Ibrahim Al-Marashi). 

Book review of "Deliberative Freedom: Deliberative Democracy as Critical Theory," State University of New York Press, Christian F. Rostboll, Contemporary Political Theory, Vol. 9, 2010.

Book review of “Making Whole What Has Been Smashed: On Reparation Politics,” Harvard University Press, John C. Torpey, International Journal on World Peace, Vol.25, No.1, 2008.

Conference Papers

“Attitudes towards Reconciliation in Iraq,” at Congress 2008, Vancouver, BC, June 5, 2008.

“De-Ba’athification: An Analysis of Existing Lustration Framework,” at the International Studies Association, New York, NY, February 15, 2009.

“Civil Religions in the US and Turkey: The Role of Leaders,” with Amber Thorne Hamilton, at the International Studies Association, New York, NY, February 15, 2009.

"Security Dilemma or Symbolic Politics: Examining Iraq’s Ethnic Conflict,” at the International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA, February 17, 2010.

Aysegul Keskin Zeren
Department of Political Science
Center for Applied Conflict Management
321 Bowman Hall

W 1:00-2:00 pm & by appt.