Ozgur Ozkan

Ph.D. 2022, 2014 Cohort
Ozgur Ozkan

Dissertation Project

Demographic Diversity and Effectiveness in Security Forces: Explaining the Effect of Civil-Military Relations and Ethnic Conflict on the Military in Turkey (1923-2015)

Professional Background

Research & Project Management, Foreign Affairs Officer, Intelligence & Operations Planning, Liaison and Monitoring Officer.


Qualitative and Quantitative Research (R, Excel, LATEX, ArcGIS, Atlas.ti) Languages: Turkish (Native), Greek (reading), Persian (intermediate), Ottoman Turkish (advanced proficiency 1850-1928), Karamanlidika (advanced proficiency)



Özgür Özkan earned a master’s degree in Security Studies from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in California. He graduated summa cum laude from the Turkish Military Academy with B.S. degrees in Industrial and Electrical Engineering. Özgür’s primary research focus in the program is Peace, Violence, and Security (PVS). His research and teaching interests include national and international security and civil-military relations with a focus on Turkey, the Middle East, and the United States. He is particularly interested in issues of ethnic/racial integration in the security institutions and its relationship with ethnic conflict. He has a certificate on Terrorism and Euro-Atlantic Security.

Ozgur formerly served in various positions and roles in the Turkish military and NATO, including as an intelligence analyst, operations & training officer, foreign affairs & project officer, and liaison & monitoring team leader in addition to various administrative and command roles.


Grants & Fellowships

  • Maurice and Louis Schwartz Endowment Fellowship, NELC, UW, 2019-2020.
  • Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Scholarship, Terrorism and European Security, Olympia Summer Academy-Greece, 2019.
  • APSA (American Political Science Association) Small Research Grant, 2018
  • ASMEA (Association of Scholars of the Middle East and Africa) Research Grant, 2018-2019.
  • Maurice and Louis Schwartz Endowment Fellowship, NELC, UW, 2017-2019.
  • UW Stroum Center Opportunity Grant, 2018, 2017.
  • University of Washington, GSFEI Travel Grant, 2018.
  • I. Mervin and Georgiana Gorasht Graduate Fellowship, UW Stroum Center, 2017-2018, 2016-2017.
  • The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies Travel Grant, 2016, 2017, 2018.
  • Harvard-Koç Universities, Ottoman Turkish Summer School/Scholarship, 2016.
  • AATT (American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages) Travel Grant, 2016.
  • University of Washington Graduate School Fellowship, 2014-2015.
  • The Turkish Ministry of Defense Fellowship for Master’s Degree Abroad, 2011-2012.


JSIS B 321 United States National Security (Summer 2019, Summer 2020)

Dissertation Committee

Post Graduation


Latest Ozgur Ozkan News