Pinar Ulumaskan

Ph.D. Candidate (2016 Cohort)
Pinar Ulumaskan

Dissertation Project

Kurdish Civil Society Engagement in Germany The Politics of Recognition and Representation of Immigrant NGOs

Professional Background

Predoctoral Teaching and Research Associate, Project Management


German, Kurdish, Turkish, Qualitative Methods, Atlas:ti



Pinar Ulumaskan’s research draws on methodological insights from migration studies, European and German integration policy and civil society studies. Her dissertation explores the political participation and integration process of migrant groups in Germany through the case study of Kurdish nongovernmental organizations. By studying shifts within Germany’s integration policy, investigating past and present media representations of Kurdish groups, and analyzing the conditions and access of immigrant civil society actors to the political apparatus, Pinar examines which factors determine the inclusion or exclusion of immigrant civil society actors into German politics and civil society. With the continued reemergence of integration and “Leitkultur” – debates in the headlines, she highlights the importance of equal access to the decision-making process and a right to representation of immigrant groups in Germany.

Pinar is a German native and received her B.A. in political science from the University of Göttingen (2013). She received her M.A. degree from the University of Washington in 2016..

Grants & Fellowships

  • Pamela and Robert Center Fellowship, Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, University of Washington, 2018/2019.
  • Maurice and Louis Schwartz Endowment Fellowship, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, University of Washington, 2018/2019.
  • Opportunity Grant, Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, University of Washington, 2018.
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, 2018/2019.
  • Chester Fritz Fellowship for International Research, Graduate School, University of Washington, 2017.
  • Jackson-Fosdick Scholarship, Henry M. Jackson Foundation, 2017.
  • Professional Grant for Invitation of Guest Speaker, University of Washington, 2017.
  • Predoctoral Fellowship, Religion Initiative, Carnegie Corporation of New York, 2016/2017.
  • Leslianne Shedd Scholarship, Henry M. Jackson Foundation, 2016.
  • Top Scholar Fellowship, Graduate School, University of Washington, 2013/2014.
  • DAAD Fellowship, Department of Political Science, University of Göttingen, 2011/2012.

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