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Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Zabdi R. Velásquez, Jasmine Esmail, Harry Stoltz, Fulya Felicity Turkmen, Owura Kuffuor, John Burnett, Naia Pizarro, Kimberly Aguilar, Allison Wang, Alex Kozak, Eun-A Park, and Kim Yi Dionne. (2023). Undergraduates and Political Science Research: Insights from Research Assistants in a Minority-Serving Institution Lab. PS: Political Science & Politics.


This study examines undergraduate research experiences at a minority-serving institution (MSI) in a political science laboratory. Students contributed to projects in a collaborative research lab at the University of California Riverside that involves undergraduate and graduate students in projects related to health and politics. Adopting a participatory approach to research, the study’s research participants also are coauthors who co-created the research protocols; collected the data; transcribed, coded, and analyzed the data; and wrote up the findings. Our analysis of 12 in-depth interviews with current and former undergraduate research assistants (RAs) found that their work in the lab challenged their perceptions of what research is and what it means to do research; shaped their path to pursue graduate studies; developed their social and professional skills; and offered an inclusive and humanizing experience with graduate students and faculty members. Challenges that the RAs mentioned included time management, bureaucratic accounting and payroll procedures, and feelings of self-doubt; the lab’s culture of inclusion and independence mitigated some of these challenges. Our findings align with the scholarly literature that suggests collaborative research opportunities can have beneficial outcomes, particularly for students from groups that are underrepresented in doctoral programs.

Deniz Senol-Sert, Fulya Felicity Turkmen. (2022). Gender, Mobility, and Displacement: From the Shadows to Questioning Binaries. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.

Summary: The evolution of the construction of gender in migration studies can be appraised under several distinct headings. In the beginning, women were simply “in the shadows” with no recognition of them as potential or actual migrants. Eventually, the field moved to an “add women, mix, and stir” approach, which saw women recognized in migration studies and statistics for the first time. Here, gender was no more than a demographic category to ensure women were counted alongside men in migration flows. However, deconstructing the feminization of migration required that gender be understood as integral to the experience of migration, thus demanding more refined theoretical and analytical tools. Subsequently, migration intersected with masculinity studies, which showed the reciprocal relation where masculinity can be decisive in migratory decision-making, and in return, mobility can be an essential factor in how men think about masculinity. More recently, gender in migration studies has moved beyond binary gender roles. Research on the lived experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) refugees and asylum seekers demonstrates the importance of the relationship between sexual orientation, gender identity, and identity construction in navigating migration journeys beyond the male-female binary. This raises the question of how salient this development is for international studies. While the disciplines of political science and international relations were rather late to the study of international migration, migrants and refugees have become issues of high politics in the early 21st century. Thus, there is a need to revisit and revise how different disciplines intersect in the interest of more effective policymaking based on better data.

Kim Yi Dionne, Fulya Felicity Turkmen. (2020). Othering and Blame During COVID-19:First Impressions and Lessons from Previous Pandemics. International Organization.

Abstract: As COVID-19 began to spread around the world, so did reports of discrimination and violence against people from marginalized groups. We argue that in a global politics characterized by racialized inequality, pandemics such as COVID-19 exacerbate the marginalization of already oppressed groups. We review published research on previous pandemics to historicize pandemic othering and blame, and enumerate some of the consequences for politics, policy, and public health. Specifically, we draw on lessons from smallpox outbreaks, the third bubonic plague, the 1918 influenza pandemic, and more recent pandemics, such as HIV/AIDS, SARS, and Ebola. We also compile reports to document the discrimination and violence targeting marginalized groups early in the COVID-19 pandemic. This article lays bare the continuation of a long history of othering and blame during disease outbreaks and identifies needs for further inquiry to understand the persistence of these pandemic politics.

Deniz Senol-Sert, Fulya Felicity Turkmen. (2020). Global Compact for Migration The Encyclopedia of The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Good Health and Well-Being.

Deniz Senol-Sert, Fulya Felicity Turkmen. (2020). The Greek-Turkish War and the Waves of Migration: Redemption or Devastation? Salvation and Catastrophe: The Greek-Turkish War,1919–1922.

Deniz Senol-Sert, Fulya Felicity Turkmen. (2017). The EU-Turkey Refugee Deal: The “Disturbing” Balance between Protection of Refugee and Human Rights and Controlled Refugee Flows. Solidarity in the European Union: Challenges and Perspectives.


Fulya Felicity Turkmen. (2016). Rethinking the EU-Turkey Re-Admission Agreement from An Ethics of Immigration Perspective. Der Donauraum.

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