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Kocaoglu, Timur

Visiting Professor

Case Hall
842 Chestnut Rd Room N370
East Lansing, MI 48825


Ph.D., Columbia University, Central Asian Studies

Timur Kocaoglu is professor of International relations at James Madison College. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies as well as the Turkic languages Coordinator at the College of Arts and Letters at MSU.

Prof. Kocaoglu's long term interests include linguistics, cultural history, politics in Central Eurasia, including Central Asia, Caucasus, Afghanistan, and Turkey. He has previously taught at Marmara University and Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey before coming to MSU by August 2011.

He is author and editor of several books and scholarly articles on linguistics, history, and politics in Turkish and English including The Reform Movements and Revolutions in Turkistan 1900-1924 (SOTA Publications, 2001), Karay: The Trakai Dialect (Lincon Europa Academic Publishers, 2006), and the chapter "Past as Prologue? Challenging the Myth of the Subordinated, Docile Woman in Muslim Central Eurasia", the book Gender Politics in Post-Communist Eurasia, ed. by Katherine O'Sullivan and Linda Racioppi (Michigan State University Press, 2009).

His current research focuses on the reform movements and constitutional ideas in the Muslim Central Eurasia prior to the Soviet period between 1850 and 1923.


Professor Timur Kocaoglu was awarded an Honorary Professorship by the Senate of the Ahmet Yassaviy Kazakh-Turkish International University of Kazakhstan in the city of Turkistan on October 24, 2015. The Senate approved the resolution for the award based on Timur Kocaoglu's outstanding contributions on the history, culture, and languages of Central Asia.