Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat

Mideast-Zehra AratProfessor of Political Science

Ph.D. Political Science, Binghamton University (1985)

Research Interests: Comparative politics; political theory; international relations; human rights.

Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, Professor of Political Science, has joined the UConn and Middle East Studies faculty. Professor Arat’s research covers a range of topics in human rights, democratization and development with an emphasis on gender inequalities and women’s rights. In addition to exploring women’s issues and rights in Islamic texts and Muslim-majority countries, she has been studying politics in Turkey. Two of her books focus on Turkey: Human Rights in Turkey (2007) and Deconstructing Images of “the Turkish Woman” (1998). Currently, she is working on a project that examines the human rights discourse and practices in Turkey since the 1920s. She is planning to offer an upper-level undergraduate course, “Gender Politics and Islam,” in Fall 2014.

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