Jackson School doctoral student Pinar Ulumaskan has been awarded a Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Fellowship that will allow her to spend academic year of 2018-2019 as a research fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin, a premier research university in Germany.
In her work, Pinar seeks to understand the relationship between Kurdish civil society groups, German politics and the public sphere. Emphasizing the need to study the politics of recognition and representation of immigrant groups in civil society, she says “leaders of European states tackled the question of immigrants and integration almost entirely out of the public view, which led to an explosive re-emergence of public fears. This played into the hands of right-wing parties.”
Applications for the Fellowship are reviewed by a multidisciplinary committee of scholars, with the aim of promoting a new generation of young scholars with specialized knowledge of modern and contemporary Germany and Europe.
Ulumaskan grew up in Germany and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Göttingen. She has a master’s degree in international studies from the Jackson School of the International Studies at the University of Washington. She started her doctoral work at the Jackson School in 2016.