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
As Director of Finance & Operations at Stanford History, I manage the department's operational, financial, and human resources in close collaboration with department chair, vice chair, faculty directors, committees, and staff. My work primarily focuses on faculty affairs, budget forecasting & planning, stewardship & donor relations, and collaboration with internal and external entities.

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 served 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 faculty, university staff, and external partners.

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, an enthusiastic steward of a little free library, and an aspiring bonsai grower. I enjoy reading about information technology, global affairs, photography, and street art.


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