The Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP), hosted at the Department of Political Science, is the first and only academic program dedicated to the study of politics of Kurds and Kurdistan in the United States. The KPSP promotes academic studies and public awareness of Kurdish politics, organizes events addressing contemporary issues affecting Kurdish people, facilitates exchanges and collaborations between UCF and Kurdish universities, and develops curriculum focusing on themes related to the Kurdish experience. The KPSP is integrated with the Security Studies doctoral program. A review of the KPSP activities is found here.

The KSPS is also the home of the Jalal Talabani Endowed Chair of Kurdish Political Studies, the only such position in the country, which was inaugurated on October 29, 2015. The mission of the Chair includes teaching, research and scholarly pursuits centering on Kurdish Political Studies, and further developing recognized excellence in that field. It also facilitates fellowships, distinguished visitors, public forums, courses, workshops and other offerings that objectively present and discuss policies and conditions affecting the security, peace and democratic governance of the Kurdish people, including episodes of mass violence such as the Anfal genocide.


The Best Article Award in Kurdish Political Studies

This award recognizes the best article in Kurdish Political Studies by a rising scholar during the previous calendar year. In this year’s competition, social science and humanities articles published in English language peer-reviewed journals in 2017 were considered. The winning scholar is awarded $500. The selection committee was composed of Senem Aslan, (Bates College), Sabri Ateş (Southern Methodist University), and Güneş Murat Tezcür (University of Central Florida).


Sacha Alsancakli, “Matrimonial Alliances and the Transmission of Dynastic Power in Kurdistan: The Case of the Diyādīnids of Bidlīs in the Fifteenth to Seventieth Centuries,” Eurasian Studies 15 (2017): 222-49.

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