Nazan Bedirhanoglu

Nazan Bedirhanoglu

Interim Director (former) & Post-Doctoral Fellow in Political Science

Nazan Bedirhanoglu is the Interim Director of the Freedom Project and a post-doctoral fellow in the Political Science Department.

Nazan Bedirhanoglu is a Freedom Project post-doctoral fellow in Political Science Department at Wellesley College. She received her PhD in Sociology from Binghamton University and her MA in International Relations from Ankara University. Her research interests include political economy, intellectual property, cultural expressions, foreign policy, international organizations, the Middle East, and the Kurdish question. She teaches courses on international political economy and development at Wellesley College.  Bedirhanoglu is now expanding her dissertation on the global governance of intellectual property rights and the historical transformation of the global intellectual property regime into a book manuscript. She also conducts two interrelated research projects: The first one is about the comparison of the Kurdish diaspora in the United States to its counterpart in Europe. The second one is an investigation of the impact of the global intellectual property and cultural heritage regimes on the Kurdish traditional knowledge under the conditions of tangible and intangible destructions and appropriations.