Assistant Research Professor of Political Studies
Primary Academic Program: Political Studies
Biography:Pinar Kemerli’s areas of specialization include modern political thought, Islamic political thought and Islamic political movements, civil disobedience, politics and religion, nationalism, secularism, politics and aesthetics, Turkey and the Middle East, postcolonialism, and political ethnography. Publications include “Thomas Hobbes and Political Secularism: A Critical Engagement,” Theory & Event; “Thinking Critically with Saba Mahmood: Secularism and Sovereignty,” Radical Philosophy; “Religious Militarism and Islamist Conscientious Objection in Turkey,” International Journal of Middle East Studies; “The Islamist Terrorist as the New Universal Enemy: Discourses on Terror at the United Nations,” The Oxford Handbook of the History of Terrorism; and book reviews in, among others, Political Theory and Political Studies Review. She is working on the manuscript Muslim Conscientious Refusal: Antiwar Politics in the Face of Islamic Revival and Colonial War for submission to Oxford University Press. Honors received include fellowships, awards, and travel grants from New York University, Brown University, the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard, and Cornell University. Professor Kemerli previously taught at New York University, University of South Florida, Brown University, and Washington & Lee University. Her course subjects ranged from the politics of decolonization and law to transgression in the ancient world, the ethics of citizenship, and religion and political thought.
BA, Bogaziçi University; MA, Goldsmiths College, University of London; MA, PhD, Cornell University. At Bard: 2013–15; 2021–26.