Kerem Ussakli

Kerem Ussakli will be an IRIS Research fellow from January 2018 to June 2019. He is also a doctoral student at the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. Kerem’s doctoral dissertation project, funded by the National Science Foundation and The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, looks at everyday trust relationships between Iraqi internally displaced people and their Kurdish hosts in the governorate of Sulaymaniyah. By conducting an ethnographic study of informal contracts and everyday relationships of neighborhood, his project is looking at how a diverse array of actors – non-governmental organizations (NGOs), humanitarian workers, lawyers, displaced people and local residents – understand and forge trust in the context of displacement. He holds an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and BAs in Sociology and Political Science from Bogazici University.