Osman Balkan


Adjunct Assistant Professor, Political Science DepartmentAssociate Director, Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business


Dr. Osman Balkan is Associate Director and Program Director of Curriculum, Experiential Learning, and Innovation at the Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Senior Fellow at the Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies.


Balkan’s research and teaching focus on the politics of global migration, race and ethnicity, identity and inequality, political violence, and collective memory with a transregional concentration on Western Europe and the Middle East. He is the author of Dying Abroad: The Political Afterlives of Migration in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2023), which was published as part of the LSE International Studies Series. Balkan’s writing has appeared in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Theory & Event, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Contemporary French Civilization, Review of Middle East Studies, in edited volumes such as Muslims in the UK and Europe, The Democratic Arts of Mourning and Turkey’s Necropolitical Laboratory, and in public-facing outlets such as The Immanent Frame and Project on Middle East Political Science. His research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


Balkan is co-founder of the American Political Science Association’s “Political Ethnography Working Group,” and serves as an elected member of the Executive Council of APSA’s “Migration & Citizenship” Section. Prior to his current appointment at Penn, he held faculty positions at Cornell University and Swarthmore College and served as Resident Director of the U.S. State Department’s Critical Languages Scholarship Program in Istanbul and Izmir, Turkey.


For more information please consult his personal website at: http://www.osmanbalkan.com