Djene Bajalan

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Academic Interests

I am a historian who focuses primarily on the history of the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East's Kurdish community. However, I have broad historical interests including the history of socialism and radicalism as well as debates surrounding the historian's craft.  

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

I have published a number of scholarly articles in major Middle East orientated publications including Middle East Studies, The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, and Iranian Studies. I have also published a edited volume of Kurdish history and am the assistant editor of the Journal of Kurdish Studies. In addition, my D.Phil. thesis has been accepted by Oxford University Press for publication.

Previous Experience

I have taught history in a number of different places. I was a Teaching Assistant at Istanbul Bilgi University between 2007 and 2010. I also taught World History (1943-1973), Middle Eastern Politics, and Turkish History at the university of Oxford, whilst completing my doctoral studies. In 2014 I was appointed as a lecturer in the department of Social Sciences at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. There I gained valuable experience teaching World Civilization, Middle East History and Politics, as well as American History.   


Kingston upon Hull (United Kingdom) 


I enjoy video games, swimming, biking, and rugby. 

Future Goals and Aspirations

I hope to work on building international exchange programs at MSU as well as continuing to develop my skills as an educator. In terms of publishing, I hope to get several articles published in the next two years as well as complete transforming my thesis into a book.

Life Outside the University

I spend most of my time outside of school with my wife and our new dog.  

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