I have been at ULIP since January 2017. I’ve taken up a chair in International Politics at Queen Mary University of London’s School of Politics and International Relations and my challenge is to establish an intellectual community in ULIP. 

Before I moved to QMUL/ULIP I held a chair in politics at The Open University and a chair in citizenship at Toronto’s York University. I completed my first degree in city planning at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. My best experiences in all these universities have been with students at all levels: undergraduate, postgraduate, and postdoctoral.

I consider myself a student and have immensely enjoyed thinking with them about international politics: rights, borders and subjectivity, hospitality and hostility, identity and difference, and struggles and movements. I enjoy working across London and Paris and throughout Europe and developing relations not only with academics but also with artists and activists.

My research and teaching focus on ‘doing international politics’ especially how academics, activists, and artists are challenging each other for both studying and practising a new kind of politics without frontiers. Such activism in international politics is producing amongst the most promising and progressive forms of knowledge, practices, and art often transgressing the boundaries between them. I’ve always maintained a more or less up to date website since the beginning of the Internet. I enjoy coding, photography, and chess as different ways of thinking about international politics and maintaining my website – albeit imperfectly – somehow brings these together.

Paris is not only an open laboratory for doing international politics – from UN to UNESCO and from OECD to EU many bodies and organisations operate from it – but it has also been the cradle of political imaginary of the international – from the Commune to Médecins sans frontières. It is an outstanding site to study international politics.   


Teaching Specialism

Doing international politics


PhD in Geography, 1990, ‘The birth of the modern city in British North America', University of Toronto (https://goo.gl/8reyxU). 


I have undertaken historical and political sociological studies of British imperial and colonial practices in Africa, America, Asia and Middle East, Ottoman imperial and colonial practices in Europe and Middle East and North Africa and French colonialism in Quebec, Haiti, and Algeria. I have also conducted historical sociology of citizenship in Canada and Europe.

The driving force in all of my studies has been the tension between imperial, colonial or national designs for conduct of people and how people subvert these designs by performative acts and invent political subjectivities. This is the tension I often explore in how people constitute themselves as international citizens.



This is a select list. Please visit Engin's blog "The Subject of Politics" for more publications.

Books (2002-)

  • 2002. Being Political: Genealogies of Citizenship. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • 2012. Citizens Without Frontiers. London: Bloomsbury. 
  • and Evelyn S. Ruppert. 2015. Being digital citizens. London: Rowman & Littlefield International.

Edited Books (2013-)

  • and Michael Saward, eds. 2013. Enacting European Citizenship. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • ed. 2014. Citizenship after Orientalism: An Unfinished Project. London: Routledge.
  • and Peter Nyers, eds. 2014. Routledge handbook of global citizenship studies. London: Routledge.ed. 2015. 
  • Citizenship after orientalism: transforming political theory. London: Palgrave.ed. 2015.

Chapters (2013-)

  • 2013. "Citizenship after Orientalism: Genealogical Investigations." In Comparative Political Thought: Theorizing Practices, edited by Michael Freeden and Andrew Vincent. London: Routledge.
  • 2013. "Two Regimes of Rights?" In Citizenship and security: the constitution of political being, edited by Xavier Guillaume and Jef Huysmans, 53-74. London: Routledge.
  • and Michael Saward. 2013. "Questions of European Citizenship." In Enacting European Citizenship, edited by Engin F. Isin and Michael Saward, 1-18. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2013. "Claiming European Citizenship." In Enacting European Citizenship, edited by Engin F. Isin and Michael Saward, 19-46. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2013. "We, the Non-Europeans: Derrida with Said." In Europe After Derrida, edited by Bora Isyar and Agnes Czajka, 108-119. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • 2014. "Acts." In Migration: A COMPAS Anthology, edited by Bridget Anderson and Michael Keith. Oxford: COMPAS.
  • and Peter Nyers. 2014. "Globalizing Citizenship Studies." In Routledge handbook of global citizenship studies, edited by Engin F. Isin and Peter Nyers, 1-11. London: Routledge.
  • 2015. "Citizenship's Empire." In Citizenship after orientalism: transforming political theory, edited by Engin F. Isin, 263-281. London: Palgrave.
  • 2016. "We, the Non-Europeans." In Conflicting Humanities, edited by Rosi Braidotti and Paul Gilroy, 229-244. London: Bloomsbury.
  • 2017. "Enacting International Citizenship." In International Political Sociology: Transversal Lines, edited by Tugba Basaran, Didier Bigo, Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet and R. B. J. Walker, 185-204. London: Routledge.
  • 2017. "Performative Citizenship." In The Oxford handbook of Citizenship, edited by Ayelet Shachar, Rainer Bauböck, Irene Bloemraad and Maarten Vink. Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
  • 2017. "Citizenship Studies and the Middle East " In The Crisis of Citizenship in The Arab World, edited by Nils A. Butenschøn and Roel Meijer. Leiden: Brill.

Articles (2009-)

  • 2009. "Citizenship in Flux: The Figure of the Activist Citizen." Subjectivity (29):367-388.
  • 2012. "Citizens Without Nations."  Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 30 (1):450-467.
  • 2012. "Citizenship after orientalism: an unfinished project."  Citizenship Studies 16 (5-6):563-572.
  • and Evelyn S. Ruppert. 2017. "Citizen Snowden."  International Journal of Communication (IJoC), volume 11 (forthcoming)