Turan Kayaoglu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of International Relations; Associate Director of Faculty ; Graduate Faculty

Specialty: Religion (specifically Islam), Human Rights and International Relations

Kayaoglu, Turan

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: WCG 410
Phone: 253-692-5856
Email: turan@u.washington.edu


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Washington, 2005.
  • M.A., International Studies, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, 1999.
  • B.A., International Relations, Bilkent University, Ankara, 1996.


My research focuses on intersection of religion, human rights, and international relations theory. I am particularly interested in how Islamic actors advance their goals in international organizations.

I teach classes on international relations, seminar on Islam and global politics, and Islam.


Here is a list of my current projects:

  • The Muslim Friend and Foe in Post 9/11 America: Encounters of American Christians, with Karam Dana, UW Bothell and Michael Perez, UW Seattle
  • State Policies toward non-Muslim Minorities in Muslim-majority Countries with Ramazan Kilinc, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Dilshod Achilov, East Tennessee State University
  • Muslim States in the UN Human Rights Council
  • The Organization of Islamic Cooperation: Its Problems, Potential, and Prospects
  • An Islamic International Relations Theory: A Maqasid Approach


I regularly teach the following undergraduate classes:

  • TPOL S 203: Introduction to International Relations
  • TPOLS 480: PPE Seminar (Islam and Global Politics)
  • TRELIG 366: Islam

I occasionally teach:

  • TPOLS 311: International Human Rights
  • TPOLS 368: Politics and Law of International Human Rights

Selected Publications

  • 2014. Giving an Inch only to Lose a Mile: Muslim States, Liberalism, and Human Rights in the United Nations. Human Rights Quarterly. Forthcoming.
  • 2013. A Rights Agenda for the Muslim World? The Organization of Islamic Cooperations Evolving Human Rights Framework. Brookings Institute Analysis Paper
  • 2012. Constructing the Dialogue of Civilizations in World Politics: A Case of Global Islamic Activism. Journal of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. 23(2): 129-47.
  • 2012. Three Takes on Islamophobia. International Sociology. 27(5): 509-515
  • 2010. Legal Imperialism: Sovereignty and Extraterritoriality in Japan, the Ottoman Empire, and China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Paperback, 2014)
  • 2010. Westphalian Eurocentrism in International Relations Theory. International Studies Review. 12 (2) 196-215.
  • 2007. The Extension of Westphalian Sovereignty: State-Building and the Abolition of Extraterritoriality. International Studies Quarterly. 51(3): 649-76.


  • International Studies Association
  • American Political Science Association

Professional Service

  • Communications Chair. Religion and IR Section. International Studies Association (2012-)