Huseyin Rasit is a predoctoral fellow with the Belfer Center's International Security Program. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Yale University, expecting to receive his degree in May 2021. He also holds a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Bogazici University. His work is centered on revolutions, state-building, and ideologies.

Huseyin's current research focuses on three state-building projects emerging out of the connected political crises in Syria and Iraq in the early 21st century: Kurdistan-Syria, Kurdistan-Iraq, and the Islamic State. He investigates why such widely different formations have emerged out of the same political crucible and argues that actors' ideological frameworks are the critical explanatory factor. The project draws upon fieldwork conducted in Iraq, the United States, and Germany, as well as a rich collection of original ideological documents.

Huseyin's research has been supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and Yale MacMillan Center.

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2020, 8:31pm