Dilan Okcuoglu is an incoming Marie-Curie Fellow in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, Wales, and International Relations at Sussex University in the UK. She is currently a non-resident visiting fellow at the CUNY Middle East and Middle Eastern American Centre in New York. She is also a project-based consultant for the Council on Strategic Risks in Washington, DC. Okcuoglu was previously a Barzani Postdoctoral Fellow and Professorial Lecturer in Global Kurdish Studies at American University. In 2019, she was a visiting scholar at Cornell University. Okcuoglu has an interdisciplinary background in politics, economics, and philosophy. In addition to academic life, she has a keen interest in policymaking and diplomacy. Her teaching and research interests primarily lie in Comparative Politics/IR, Conflict and Peace Studies, Comparative Territorial and Border Politics, Qualitative Research Methods, Democratization, Social Movements, Politics of the Global South, MENA Politics, Global Justice, Ethnic Politics, Secession, Self-Determination and Nationalism as well as State-Society Relations. She has published on these subjects and has made significant updates to her PhD thesis for the job market paper, which is under review. Okcuoglu is currently writing article manuscripts, organizing workshops, and presenting at academic conferences, as well as improving her book proposal, presenting job talks, and giving interviews for academic jobs.