The Kurdish people are one of the largest ethnic groups in the Middle East. They have a strong sense of nationhood and form large populations in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, as well as several European countries. The Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP), hosted in the Department of Political Science, is the first academic program dedicated to the study of politics of Kurds and Kurdistan in the United States. A brochure of the KSPS is available here.
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. For this award cycle, articles published in 2016 will be considered. All articles published in English language peer-reviewed journals addressing questions and covering issues related to Kurdish politics, broadly defined, are eligible for the award. The award is open to all disciplines under social sciences and humanities. The primary author of the article needs to be an untenured scholar (graduate student, post-doc, independent scholar, assistant professor or equivalent) at the time of the publication. The winner will be awarded $500. The awardees will be announced in November 2017.
A copy of the nominated article should be sent by email to Güneş Murat Tezcür at email@example.com. Self-nominations are welcome.
Deadline for nominations: June 15, 2017.
The committee is composed of Sabri Ateş (Southern Methodist University), Hakan Özoğlu (University of Central Florida), Güneş Murat Tezcür (University of Central Florida), and Nicole Watts (San Francisco State University).
The following articles won the last year’s prizes:
The First Prize Winner
Wendelmoet Hamelink and Hanifi Barış, “Dengbêjs on borderlands: Borders and the state as seen through the eyes of Kurdish singer-poets,” Kurdish Studies 2 (2014): 34-60.
The Second Prize Winner
Harun Yilmaz, “The Rise of Red Kurdistan,” Iranian Studies 47 (2014): 799-822.
Fellowship in Kurdish Political Studies
Kellan Ritter, a UCF student majoring in political science, has been selected as the first Dr. Najmaldin Karim Fellow in Kurdish Political Studies. He will be provided a research space conducive to educational and professional development and conduct a research project related to Kurdish politics, broadly defined, under the supervision of KPSP faculty in the spring 2017 semester. The research project aims to enrich the fellow’s academic credentials, providing a unique opportunity to gain in-depth insights about Kurdish politics through independent research. The fellow will receive $500 for the semester.