Dr. Neveser Köker

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Dr. Neveser Köker
Honors Faculty Fellow

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Neveser Köker is a political theorist with research and teaching interests in modern political thought, feminist theory, Islamic political thought, comparative political theory, French colonial history, and Middle Eastern studies. Her research examines political membership and belonging through the rich history of transnational interaction and exchange between Europe and the Middle East. Her book manuscript, Traveling Attachments: Politics of Belonging Beyond Nation and Empire, studies eighteenth and nineteenth century French and Ottoman writings and archival documents that defy easy geopolitical narratives, either of long-standing confrontation between “East” and “West” or of cosmopolitan coexistence in “contact zones.” In her manuscript, Dr. Köker offers historically grounded close readings of these texts and develops a new interpretive framework for understanding political belonging beyond nationalism and political-cultural construction of difference beyond the “East-West” binary. She further considers how this framework can inform contemporary debates on the possibility of cross- cultural dialogue and understanding, particularly in the context of relations between the “West” and what is often referred to as “the” Islamic World. 

Dr. Köker received her B.A. in Political Science from Galatasaray University in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2008, her M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago in 2009, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2017. Before coming to Barrett, Dr. Köker taught classes on modern and contemporary political thought as well as a first-year writing seminar focused on the politics of travel at the University of Michigan.