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Tutku Ayhan

Tutku Ayhan

IBEI Fellow


Tutku Ayhan is a Fellow in International Security at IBEI. Before joining IBEI, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention at State University of New York, Binghamton.

Tutku's research examines gendered dimensions of war from an intersectional framework. She is mainly interested in post-conflict gender dynamics and women's post-conflict experiences, particularly their experience of resilience and empowerment. She has conducted field research among Yezidi and Rohingya communities in Iraq, Europe, United States and Bangladesh.

At IBEI, she is teaching courses on Research Methods, International Security, and Gender and Development. She is the coordinator of The Securitization of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities and the Rise of Xenophobia in the EU (SECUREU) project.

Background and education

  • (2021) PhD, University of Central Florida, Security Studies
  • (2014) MA, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Sociology
  • (2013) BA, Galatasaray University, Political Science


  • 2022Honorable Mention, APSA Women, Gender, and Politics Research Section, Best Dissertation Award Competition. Link
  • 2022Honorable Mention for Outstanding Dissertation, College of Sciences, University of Central Florida.
  • 2021. Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award, College of Sciences, University of Central Florida.
  • 2020Small Grant for Research, APSA Religion and Politics Section. Link
  • 2018Travel Research Engagement Grant, Project on Middle East Political Science. Link

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS)
  • Middle East Studies Association (MESA)


Research interests

  • Gender and conflict
  • Sexual and gender-based violence
  • Genocide studies and prevention
  • Post-conflict dynamics
  • Migration and refugee studies