Arda Gucler

Adjunct Professor of Social Research and Public Policy Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA Bates College; MA Northwestern University; PhD Northwestern University

Research Areas: Political Theory; Democratic thought; Political Representation; Orientalism; Nationalism


Dr. Arda Güçler obtained his B.A. in Political Science from Bates College and completed his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University in 2015. He then joined the Department of Government at Uppsala University in Sweden as a postdoctoral fellow. He remained in this position until he started his assistant professorship at the Department of International Relations at Özyeğin University in 2017. He is currently adjunct social research and public policy professor in the Division of Social Science at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). He is also one of the founding faculty of Northwestern University’s online Global Health Master’s program.

His research interests are at the intersection of the history of political thought, politics of representation, contemporary democratic theory, and nationalism. He is currently working on a project that interprets the concept of orientalism from a novel angle by visiting politics in three different contexts (i.e., Iran, Egypt, and Turkey). He has published articles in leading journals such as Philosophy & Social Criticism and Nations and Nationalism. He is also the author of numerous book chapters, including his chapters in the United Nation’s Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Over the years, he has been awarded many grants/fellowships from organizations such as the Swedish Institute, the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, the School of Criticism and Theory Program at Cornell University, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award granted by Northwestern University.

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