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Prof Engin Isin

Prof Engin Isin
Faculty of Social Sciences
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

Professor of Citizenship

Politics & International Studies


Prof Engin Isin holds a Chair in Citizenship and is Professor of Politics in Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University. He is also a past director (2007-2009) of the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG). Prof Engin Isin joined The Open University in 2007 after fifteen years of teaching and research at York University, Toronto, Canada. He was professor of social science (1993-2001) and Canada Research Chair (2002-2007) in social sciences. He gained his first degree in the Faculty of Architecture at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (1982) and his PhD in geography at University of Toronto, Canada (1990).



Professional affiliations

Co-chief editor of Citizenship Studies.

Course development and teaching

PhD supervision

Professor Engin Isin supervises PhD students in citizenship, political subjectivity and comparative political thought. He is especially interested in supervising historical research concerned with studying how citizenship has been contested by its subaltern others (strangers, outsiders, aliens) and how their claims to rights have constituted them as political subjects.

Current PhD research students

Zaki Nahaboo, Juliane Solf, Lisa Pilgram, Dana Rubin.

Completed PhD students

Hilal Zeybek (2012), Jen Bagelman (2012), Rean van der Merwe (2012).

Current Postdoctoral research students

Tara Atluri (SSHRC), Iker Barbero (Basque), Deena Dajani (Oecumene), Jack Harrington (Oecumene), Aya Ikegame (Oecumene), Alessandra Marino (Oecumene), Leticia Sabsay (Oecumene).

Completed Postdoctoral students

Nick Mahony (ESRC, 2009).

Research interests

Prof Engin Isin has published widely on the politics of citizenship involving various sites, scales and subjects. From Cities Without Citizens (1992) to Being Political (2002) his concern has been to document historically how citizenship has been contested by its 'others' (strangers, outsiders, aliens) and how their claims to rights has constituted them as responsible subjects. His latest book Citizens Without Frontiers elaborating on the themes of his Inaugural Lecture is just published. His current research projects include Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism and Enacting European Citizenship (ENACT).

Recent publications

A selection of my research publications can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Isin, Engin F. 2012. "Citizenship after orientalism: an unfinished project." Citizenship Studies no. 16 (5-6):563-572. doi: 10.1080/13621025.2012.698480.

——. 2012. "Citizens without nations." Environment and Planning D: Society and Space no. 30 (1):450-467. doi:

——. 2011. "Ottoman Waqfs as Acts of Citizenship." In Held in Trust: Waqf in the Muslim World, edited by Pascale Ghazaleh, 209-229. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press.

Isin, Engin F., and Bryan S. Turner. 2010. "Citizenship, cosmopolitanism and human rights." In The Routledge companion to social theory, edited by Anthony Elliott, 173-187. London: Routledge.

Isin, Engin F. 2010. "The Soul of a City: Hüzün, Keyif, Longing." In Istanbul: Cultural Capital of Europe?, edited by Deniz Göktürk, Levent Soysal and Ipek Türeli. London: Routledge.

A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Other interests

Photography, music, cities, chess

Last updated: 14 February 2013