Turan Kayaoglu

Associate Professor
Turan Kayaoglu



Department of Political Science; Islamic networks, international human rights.

Turan Kayaoglu is a professor of international relations in the Politics, Philosophy and Economics Program at the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Department of the University of Washington, Tacoma. He also serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Washington in Tacoma. His research focuses on intersection of religion, human rights, and international relations theory. He is particularly interested in how Islamic actors advance their goals in international organizations. He also teaches selected courses in international relations, seminar on Islam and global politics, and Islam. In the past he held a visiting fellow position in Foreign Policy at Brookings and a visiting professor position at Qatar University.


  • University of Washington, Ph.D., 2005
  • University of Denver, M.A., 1999
  • Bilkent University, Ankara, B.A., 1996