Arzu Yilmaz, PhD
Arzu Yılmaz is an Associate Professor of the Politics and International Relations Department at the University of Kurdistan Hewlêr (UKH). She was an Alexander von Humboldt scholar at the University of Hamburg, Germany in 2019-2022. Prior to this, Yılmaz was a postdoctoral researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in the capacity of IPC- Mercator Fellow in 2016-2018. Yılmaz holds PhD in International Relations and master’s degrees in International Relations and Gender Studies obtained from Ankara University, Turkey. Yılmaz was the Chair of International Relations Department at the American University of Kurdistan in 2016-2017 and lecturer at the University of Duhok in 2012-2013. She is the author of the book “From Atroush to Makhmour: Kurdish Refugees and Reconstruction of Identity” (in Turkish) published in 2016 by İletişim Yayınları. Her main research interests are Kurdish Studies, Middle East Politics, Migration and Gender Studies. She has published extensively on the Kurdish Conflict, Turkish Foreign Policy, Syrian Civil War, and Iraq in academic journals as well as in newspapers and online publications.