Burçak Keskin Kozat

Director of Finance & Operations, History Department
BA, Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey), Political Science & Public Administration (1998)
MA, University of Chicago, Social Sciences (1999)
PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Sociology (2006)
Burcak Keskin Kozat
I help develop, manage and grow educational programs in order to foster rigorous operations and vigorous communities that create sustainable social and intellectual impact through learning, teaching and research.

As Director of Finance & Operations at the Stanford History Department, I oversee the unit's operational, financial and human resources in partnership with department chair, vice chair, faculty directors, committees and staff. I primarily focus on faculty affairs, people operations, budget planning & forecasting and external relations. My work builds on mutually transformative collaboration that strives to achieve equitable futures, global perspectives, psychological safety, and meaningful belonging.

Before joining Stanford History, I served as Associate Director in Stanford Global Studies Division, where I helped develop academic programming, communications strategy, and strategic planning for the Center for South Asian Studies, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, and the Mediterranean Studies Forum. I also worked as Associate Director of University Corporate & Foundation Relations, where I helped develop and implement a foundation relations plan across Stanford schools and in collaboration with Stanford faculty, university staff and external partners. At the University of Michigan, I taught undergraduate courses in sociology, worked as a research assistant for a number of comparative projects, and contributed to committees on interdisciplinary, international issues.

Trained as a political and historical sociologist, I am interested in how power inequalities within and between communities shape, and are shaped by, the processes of identity formation and institution-building. My M.A. thesis at the University of Chicago explored how Turkey’s nationalist, Islamist and feminist activists interacted with each other through the binarism of secular modernity and religious traditionalism, and thereby failed to challenge the predominant forms of discrimination within and beyond their particular communities. My dissertation at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor focused on the limits of power and resistance in the context of foreign assistance programs and examined the conjunctural negotiation of power disparities in the case of the Marshall Plan in Turkey. Some of my research on religion, nationalism, modernization, and gender appeared in academic journals and books.

I am an avid fan of Stanford Women's Basketball Team, a little free library steward, and an aspiring gardener. I enjoy reading about information technology, global affairs, photography, and street art.


Bldg 200, Rm. 113