Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat

Professor

Political Science


Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory

Ph.D. Binghamton University

Dr. Arat studies human rights, with an emphasis on women’s rights, as well as processes of democratization, globalization and development.  She combines theoretical writings with empirical research – both qualitative and quantitative.  Her publications include numerous journal articles and book chapters, as well as books: Democracy and Human Rights in Developing Countries (1991); Deconstructing Images of ‘The Turkish Woman’ (1998); Non-State Actors in the Human Rights Universe (2006); Human Rights Worldwide (2006); Human Rights in Turkey (2007, received Choice Award of Outstanding Academic Titles).  Her work in progress includes: human rights discourse and practices in Turkey since 1920s; women’s rights and empowerment; the relationship between human rights scholars and NGOs; theorizing domestic politics of human rights.  She has served professional organizations in various capacities (e.g., Founding President, Human Rights Section of APSA, 2000-2001, and Chair, Human Rights Research Committee of IPSA, 2006-2012).  Currently, she serves on the editorial boards of International Feminist Journal of Politics, Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte, Human Rights and Human Welfare, and International Studies Intensives book series of Paradigm Books. She is recognized by several awards, including the APSA Award of Distinguished Scholar in Human Rights (2010), SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities (2006), and the title of Juanita and Joseph Leff Distinguished Professor (Purchase College, 2006).

Curriculum Vitae

Books

  • Human Rights in Turkey. Editor. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.  Awarded: Choice Winner of “Outstanding Academic Titles 2007,” Choice. (January 2008): 778.
  • Human Rights Worldwide: A Reference Handbook.  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 2006.
  • Non-State Actors in the Human Rights Universe.  Co-edited with George Andreopoulos and Peter Juviler. New York: Kumarian Press, 2006
  • Deconstructing Images of “The Turkish Woman.”  Editor. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998.
    Also published as Deconstructing Images of “The Turkish Woman”. London: MacMillan. 1998.  Paperback version by Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press, 2000.
  • Democracy and Human Rights in Developing Countries. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., 1991.
    Reprinted as Democracy and Human Rights in Developing Countries. Authors Guild Backprint.com edition. (Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, Inc, 2003).

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • “The United States, Justice, and Human Rights: Revisiting David Forsythe’s Work” Journal of Human Rights 11:3 (2012):322-331.
  • “Globalization, Feminisms and Women’s Empowerment: Comments on Rhoda Howard-Hassmann’s Essay, ‘Universal Women’s Rights since 1970,’” Journal of Human Rights 10:4 (October-December 2011): 458-466.
  • “Human Rights Ideology and Dimensions of Power: The State, Property, and Discrimination,” Human Rights Quarterly 30:4 (November 2008): 906-932.
  • “The Promise of Economic Rights and the Welfare State,” Human Rights & Human Welfare 8 (2008): 1-15.  http://www.du.edu/gsis/hrhw/volumes/2008/arat-2008.pdf
  • “Forging a Global Culture of Human Rights: Origins and Prospects of the International Bill of Rights,” Human Rights Quarterly 28:2 (May 2006): 416-437.
  • “Human Rights and Globalization: Is the Shrinking World Expanding Rights?”  Human Rights & Human Welfare 5 (2005): 137-146. http://www.du.edu/gsis/hrhw/volumes/2005/arat-2005.pdf
  • “Women for Ending Israeli Occupation in Palestine and for Building Peace.”  A Conversation with women activists Naomi Chazan, Maha Abu-Dayyeh Shamas, and Rima Nasir Tarazi. International Feminist Journal of Politics 6:3 (September 2004):515-523.
  • “Where to Look for the Truth: Memory and Interpretation in Assessing the Impact of Turkish Women’s Education,” Women’s Studies International Forum 26:1 (January-February 2003): 57-68.
  • “Analyzing Child Labor as a Human Rights Issue: Its Causes, Aggravating Policies, and Alternative Proposals.” Human Rights Quarterly 24:1 (February 2002):177-204.
  • “Human Rights and Democracy: Expanding or Contracting,” Polity 32:1 (Fall 1999): 119-144.
  • “Development of Democracy, Markets and the Bourgeoisie,” Political Science Annual 1994-95. New Delhi, India. (1995): 339-373.
  • “Kemalism and Turkish Women,” Women and Politics 14:4 (Fall 1994): 57-80.
  • “Liberation or Indoctrination: Women’s Education in Turkey” Journal of Economics and Administrative Studies 8:1-2 (1994): 83-105.
  • “Democracy and Economic Development: Modernization Theory Revisited,” Comparative Politics 21:1 (October 1988): 21-36.
  • “Human Rights and Democratic Instability in Developing Countries,” Policy Studies Journal, Special Symposium on Human Rights Policies, (September 1986): 158-172.

Book Chapters

“The UN Commission on the Status of Women,” co-authored with Laura Reanda, in The United Nations and Human Rights, edited by Philip Alston and Frederic Megret. New York: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).

“The EU and Human Rights in Turkey: Political Freedom without Social Welfare?” Co-authored with Thomas W. Smith, in What Difference Does the EU Make for Democratization and Human Rights? Edited by Henry Carey.  Rowman and Littlefield.  (forthcoming 2013).

“Forging a Global Culture of Human Rights: Origins and Prospects of the International Bill of Rights,” in Human Rights from a Third World Perspective. Critique, History and International Law, Edited by José-Manuel Barreto. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (forthcoming).

“Women,” in Routledge Handbook of Modern Turkey.  Edited by Metin Heper and Sabri Sayarı. Routledge,  2012: 259-270.

“Foreword,” for Nationalism and Human Rights: In Theory and Practice in the Middle East, Central Europe, and the Asia-Pacific. Edited by Grace Cheng. New York: Palgrave, 2012: vi-xii.

“From Omission to Reluctant Recognition: Political Parties’ Approach to Women’s Rights in Turkey,” in Human Rights in the Middle East: Interdisciplinary Frameworks, Goals, and Strategies. Edited by Mahmood Monshipouri. New York: Palgrave, 2011: 129-152.

“al-Kamaliyya wa Nisaa al-Turkiyat” (Kemalism and Turkish Women) in Nahu Dirast al-Nu` fi al-`Ulum al-Siyasiyya (Towards the Study of Gender in Political Science).  Edited by Mevat Hatem and translated by Shohrat al-`Alim. Cairo: Mu’assasat al-Mar’at wa al-Thakira (Women and Memory Forum), 2010: 109-128.

“Opportunities, Freedoms and Restrictions: Women’s Employment,” in Turkey’s Engagement with Modernity. Edited by Kerem Öktem, Celia J. Kerslake & Philip Robins. Hampshire, U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010:165-189.

“Siyasal Partilere Göre Kadınların Mekânı” (Women’s Place According to Political Parties) in Kadın ve Mekân. Edited by Ayşe Akpinar, Gönül Bakay, and Handan Dedehayır. Istanbul: Turkuvaz Kitap, 2009: 260-278.

“İnsan Hakları, Çoğulculuk ve Eşitlik: Eşcinsellerin Haklarını Savunma Olanakları”(Human Rights, Pluralism and Equality) in Anti-Homofobi Kitabı: Uluslararası Homofobi Karşıtı Buluşma (Anti-Homophobia Book: International Meeting against Homophobia).  Ankara: Kaos GL, 2009: 40-41.

“Institutions and Women’s Rights: The State, Religion and Family in Turkey,” in Family, Gender and Law in a Globalizing Middle East and South Asia. Edited by Kenneth Cuno and Manisha Desai. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2009:79-101.

“Child Labor as a Human Rights Issue: Efforts, Mistakes, and Solutions” in Exploring International Human Rights: Essential Reading. Edited by Rhonda L. Callaway and Julie Harrelson-Stephens.  Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2007: 204-212.

“Collisions and Crossroads: Introducing Human Rights in Turkey,” in Human Rights in Turkey: Policies and Prospects. Edited by Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007: 1-15.

“Conclusion: Turkey’s Prospects and Broader Implications,” in Human Rights in Turkey: Policies and Prospects. Edited by Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007: 275-287.

“Looking beyond the State, but not Ignoring It: A Framework of Analysis for Non-State Actors and Human Rights,” in Non-State Actors in the Human Rights Universe. Edited by George Andreopoulos, Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, and Peter Juviler. New York: Kumarian Press, 2006: 3-21.

“Introduction,” co-authored with George Andreopoulos and Peter Juviler. In Non-State Actors in the Human Rights Universe, edited by George Andreopoulos, Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, and Peter Juviler. New York: Kumarian Press, 2006: xv-xxx.

“Conclusion: Rethinking the Human Rights Universe,” co-authored with George Andreopoulos and Peter Juviler. In Non-State Actors in the Human Rights Universe, edited by George Andreopoulos, Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, and Peter Juviler. New York: Kumarian Press, 2006: 331-337.

“Promoting Women’s Rights against Patriarchal Cultural Claims: The Women’s Convention and Reservations by Muslim States,” in Global Human Rights Norms: Area Studies Revisited. Edited by David Forsythe and Patrice McMahon.  Lincoln, Nebraska: Nebraska University Press, 2003: 231-251.

“Women’s Rights in Islam: Revisiting Qur’anic Rights,” in Human Rights: New Perspectives, New Realities. Edited by Peter Schwab and Adamanta Pollis. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2000: 69-93.

“Kemalizm ve Türk Kadını” (Kemalism and Turkish Women), in 75 Yılda Kadınlar ve Erkekler (Women and Men in 75 Years) Istanbul: Türkiye Ekonomik ve Toplumsal Tarih Vakfı, 1998: 51-70.

“Introduction: Politics of Representation and Identity,” in Deconstructing Images of “The Turkish Woman”.  Edited by Zehra F. Arat. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998: 1-34.

“Educating Daughters of the Republic,” in Deconstructing Images of “The Turkish Woman”.  Edited by Zehra F. Arat. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998: 157-180.

“The Role of the Bourgeoisie in the Making of European Democracies,” in Memory, History and Critique. European Identity at the Millennium. Edited by Frank Brinkhuis and Sascha Talmor. Selected proceedings of the 6th International ISSEI Conference at the University for Humanist Studies, Utrecht, The Netherlands, August 1996. MIT Press, 1997.

“Women Under Layers of Oppression: The (Un)Changing Political Economy of Gender,” in The Changing Political Economy in the Third World. Edited by Manochehr Dorraj. (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1995): 265- 293.

“Turkish Women and the Republican Reconstruction of Tradition,” in Reconstructing Gender in the Middle East: Tradition, Identity and Power.  Edited by Müge Göçek and Shiva Balaghi. Columbia University Press, 1994: 57-78.

“Political Conflict and Dependency,” in Political Conflict, Political Development and Public Policy. Edited by Eduard Ziegenhagen.  Praeger Publishers, 1994: 49-67.

“Can Democracy Survive Where There is a Gap Between Political and Economic Rights?” in Human Rights: Theory and Measurement. Edited by David Cingranelli. London: MacMillan Press, 1988: 221-235.

Encyclopedia Entries:

“Tolerance.” International Encyclopedia of Political Science. Thousand Oaks, CA
Sage Publishers, 2011: 2624-27.

“Kurdish Nationalism and Human Rights.” Encyclopedia of Human Rights. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

“Qur’an: Women and Modern Interpretations, in Turkey since 1923.”  Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures.  Vol. 5. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Publishers, 2005.

Policy Reports:

Honor Killings, Violence against Women and Children, and Family Violence.  Report commissioned by and submitted to the Investigation Committee of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (in Turkish), December 2005.

“Medicaid in New York: A Causal Analysis of Utilization in New York Counties,” Rockefeller Institute Special Report Series 2, Spring 1984.

“Impact Assessment of State Legislative Funding of and NEA Grants to State Arts Agencies,” collaborated with Richard I. Hofferbert and John Urice. Report prepared for the National Endowment for Arts, 1981.

Translations:

Aynur Demirdirek. “In Pursuit of the Ottoman Women’s Movement.” Translated from Turkish.  In Deconstructing Images of “The Turkish Woman”.  Edited by Zehra F. Arat. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998: 65- 82.

Contact Information
Emailzehra.arat@uconn.edu
Phone(860) 486-3244
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