Ph.D. Candidate Stanford University
B.A. Bogazici University
Kerem Ussakli is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. His research interests include political and legal anthropology, anthropology of morality, violence and nationalism, and the Middle East as a region. His doctoral research focuses on provisional contracts and arrangements between Iraqi Arabs and Kurds that generate claims to order and sovereignty in Iraqi Kurdistan. By looking at how different sources of authority govern and justify these arrangements, Kerem’s research tries to uncover the effects of political economic transformations, urbanization and ideological formations of Iraqi Kurdish nationalism since 1991 over citizens exposed to generations of political violence and displacement.
Kerem’s doctoral research is funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and the National Science Foundation. He holds two B.A. degrees in Political Science & International Relations and Sociology from Bogazici University and an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at AUIS.