Filiz Kahraman is an Assistant Professor in Political Science and an affiliate faculty member at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Her research investigates international law, labor activism, and comparative politics. She is currently working on a book manuscript examining why labor activists in Europe pursue human rights law as a new mobilization strategy and how international law has affected the lives of aggrieved workers on the ground. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mortara Center for International Studies at Georgetown University. She received her doctoral degree in political science from the University of Washington.

Her research has been funded by multiple organizations, including the National Science Foundation. Her commentary on current human rights issues and the political crisis in Europe and Turkey has appeared in The Washington PostThe Seattle TimesopenDemocracy, and Bianet (in Turkish).

Selected Publications:

Domestic Courts, Transnational Law, and International Order. (with N. Kalyanpur and A. Newman) European Journal of International Relations. [Forthcoming].

Racial Capitalism and Law: The Interdependence of Liberal and Authoritarian Legalities in Comparative Perspective. (with M. McCann). Annual Review of Law and Social Science. [Forthcoming].

A New Era for Labor Activism? Strategic Mobilization of Human Rights against BlacklistingLaw & Social Inquiry (2018) 43:4, 1279-1307.