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Dr. Tugrul Keskin is an Assistant Professor of International and Middle East Studies, and Middle East Studies Coordinator at Portland State University. Dr. Keskin is also affiliated member of Sociology, Black Studies and Center For Turkish Studies at Portland State University. His research and teaching interests include Sociology of Islam and the Middle East, Social and Political Theories, Religion and Society, Sociology of Work, Post-Colonial Theory, Social Movements/Islamic Movements, Sociology of Africa (Imperialism and Re-colonization in Africa after 1950s), Modern Kurdish, Uyghur and Turkish Nationalism. Previously, Dr. Keskin taught as an instructor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Virginia Tech University and has also previously taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at James Madison and Radford Universities. He received his PhD from Virginia Tech in Sociology, with certificate degrees in Africana Studies, Social and Political Thought, and International Research and Development. The topic of his Ph.D. dissertation is A Comparative Analysis of Islamist Movements: Jama'at-e-Islami in Pakistan and the Fethullah Gulen Movement in Turkey – Reactions to Capitalism, Modernity and Secularism.

Dr. Keskin is a moderator of the Sociology of Islam and Sociology of the Middle East Listserv, and is the editor of the Sociology of Islam and Muslim Societies Newsletter. He is a member of the Middle East Sociology Working Group: http://www.unc.edu/~kurzman/MideastSociology/. Dr. Keskin is also the editor of the book, The Sociology of Islam: Secularism Economy and Politics, which was published by Garnet/Ithaca Press in July 2011. Tugrul Keskin is a board member of Sociologists Without Borders and a book review editor of Societies Without Borders.

EDUCATION

PhD (2009) Sociology - Virginia Tech. University
Dissertation Title: "A Comparative Analysis of Islamist Movements: Jama'at-e-Islami in Pakistan and Fethullah Gulen Movement in Turkey – A reaction to Capitalism, Modernity and Secularism."

GRADUATE CERTIFICATES

Africana Studies
Social and Political Theory and Thought (ASPECT)
International Research and Development

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

Sociology of Islam and Muslim Societies

Sociology of the Middle East

Islamic Movements

Social and Political Theories

Work and Labor in Globalization

Sociology of Africa

Political Economy

Development and Urbanization

Sociology of Human Rights

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

9/2010 – Middle East Studies Coordinator, Portland State University
9/2009 – Present: Assistant Professor of International and Middle East Studies, Portland State University
8/2007 – 6/2009: Visiting Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, Virginia Tech. University
8/2006 – 5/2007: Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, James Madison University
2006 – 2007: Adjunct Instructor of Sociology, Radford University
2003 – 2007: Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant, Virginia Tech. University

COURSES TAUGHT

Portland State University http://www.pdx.edu

African Society and Politics: Sociology of Africa - Winter 2012
Work and Labor in Globalization – 407 Fall 2010 and Winter 2011
Sociology of Islam –INTL 407/Spring 2010
Introduction to International Studies – INTL 101/Spring 2010
Islamic Movements – INTL 332 / Winter 2010
Middle East Studies – INTL 247/Winter 2010
Sociology of the Middle East – INTL/SOC 483 / Fall 2009

Virginia Tech University http://www.vt.edu

Introduction to Africana Studies – AFST 1814/Spring 2009 (Africana Studies)
Sociology of Africa - AFST 4354/Fall 2008 (Africana Studies)
Introduction to Sociology - SOC 1004/Fall 2008
Social Problems (Online) – SOC 2004/Spring 2008
Gender and Work – SOC 3614/Spring 2008
Sociology of Political Islam – Sociology and Religious Studies 2984/Fall 2007
Work in Modern Society (Sociology of Work) – SOC 3604/Fall 2006 and 2007
Minority Group Relations (Race, Ethnicity and Gender) – SOC 2024/Summer 2006
Social Inequality – SOC 3004/Summer 2005

James Madison University http://www.jmu.edu

Social Issues in Global Context – SOC 210-7 Fall 2006
Social Issues in Global Context – SOC 210-8 Fall 2006
Prejudice and Discrimination - SOC 336/Fall 2006
Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism – SOC 336/Spring 2007
Social Issues in a Global Context (China and Globalization) – 210-5 and 210-6 Spring 2007

Radford University http://www.radford.edu

Introduction to Sociology- SOC 110/Summer 2006
Social Problems – SOC 210/Spring 2006

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Tugrul Keskin

Middle East Studies Coordinator  - Office Hours: Tuesday. 12:30-3:30
Assistant Professor of International and Middle East Studies
Affiliated Faculty Member of Sociology, Black Studies and Center for Turkish Studies
Portland State University
International Studies-INTL
East Hall 333
632 SW Hall Street
Portland, OR 97201 - USA
Office: 503-725-3495
Email: tugrulkeskin@pdx.edu

Editor of Sociology of Islam and Muslim Societies
Book editor of Societies Without Borders

Colonialism is an idea born in the West that drives Western countries - like France, Italy, Belgium, Great Britain - to occupy countries outside of Europe.
—  Ahmed Ben Bella