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About Tugrul Keskin

Tugrul Keskin is an Assistant Professor of International and Middle Eastern Studies and an affiliated faculty of Black Studies, Sociology and at the Center For Turkish Studies at Portland State University. He is also the Middle East Studies Coordinator for International Studies. His research and teaching interests include the Sociology of Islam and the Middle East, Social and Political Theories, Islamic Movements, Sociology of Work, Political Economy of Africa, and Sociology of Think-Tanks. Previously, Dr. Keskin taught as an instructor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Virginia Tech University and also as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at James Madison University and Radford University. He received his PhD in Sociology from Virginia Tech, with graduate certificate degrees in Africana Studies, Social and Political Thought, and International Research and Development. Outside of his instructor role, he is founder and moderator of the Sociology of Islam mailing list, and editor of the Sociology of Islam Journal: His edited book, The Sociology of Islam: Secularism Economy and Politics was published by Garnet/Ithaca Press in June of 2011. Dr. Keskin is an international board member of Sociologists Without Borders, and serves as a book review editor of Societies Without Borders He has organized several study abroad courses to Qatar and Turkey. Dr. Keskin is the region editor of Critical Sociology (Middle East and North Africa).


October 2015 - Present Assistant Professor, Maltepe University
September 2009 - September 2015 Assistant Professor, Portland State University ‐ International & Global Studies

Research Interests

Sociology of Islam and Middle East, Human rights, International stuides, Social theory, and Political theory

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Honors and Awards

  • R. H. Tawney Award 2009, Sociologists Without Borders

Contact Information

International Studies
632 SW Hall Street
Portland, OR 97201


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