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The Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP), hosted at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs, is the first and only academic program dedicated to the study of politics of Kurds and Kurdistan in the United States. 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. KPSP is integrated with the Security Studies doctoral program. A review of KPSP activities from fall 2017 to summer 2019 could be found here.

KPSP 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.

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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 2019 will be considered. All articles published in English language peer-reviewed journals addressing questions and covering issues related to Kurdish politics, broadly defined, will be considered 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 by November 2020.

An electronic copy of the nominated article should be sent to kurdish@ucf.edu. Self-nominations are welcome.

Deadline for nominations: July 3, 2020

Award Committee:

  • Ozlem Goner, Assistant Professor,  College of Staten Island, CUNY
  • Güneş Murat Tezcür, Professor, University of Central Florida
  • Metin Yüksel, Associate Professor, Hacettepe University

Upcoming Events

The event is sponsored by the Kurdish Political Studies Program and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Dr. Haidar Khezri, Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida, moderates the event that will see the participation of Dr. Wendelmoet Hamelink, from…
The event is sponsored by the Kurdish Political Studies Program. Dr. Güneş Murat Tezcür, Professor & Jalal Talabani Chair at the University of Central Florida, moderates the event that will see the participation of Dr. Kamal Soleimani, Assistant Professor at El Colegio de México. Dr. Kamal…