Muge Kokten Finkel
- PhD, Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia, 2002
- MA, International Relations, International University of Japan, 1996
- BA, Political Science and International Relations, Bogazici University, 1994
Dr. Müge Kökten Finkel is Assistant Professor of International Development at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at University of Pittsburgh. She completed her PhD in Political Science at the University of Virginia, specializing in Comparative Social Policy and Japanese Politics; her MA in International Relations from International University of Japan in Japan, and her BA in Political Science from Bogazici University in Turkey. Prior to joining GSPIA, she worked as a Social Development Specialist at the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa Region, and consulted for the International Food Policy Research Institute. She has worked on various development projects in Yemen, Egypt and Morocco. Her areas of expertise are Community-Driven Development, especially related to youth and women’s issues; Social and Environmental Impact Assessment; Country Social Analysis; Participatory Program Development; and Gender and Development. Among her publications are What Makes a Camp Safe: the Protection of Children from Abduction in Internally Displaced Persons and Refugee Camps, Co-authored with Simon Reich (2008); “Voices of the Youth: Background Papers and Country Case Studies from Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Yemen”, and “Securing a Future for All, Middle East-North Africa Regional Social Development Strategy” both co-authored with the MNA Social Development Team for the World Bank. She has been teaching courses on Gender and Development; Social Policies and International Organizations; Poverty and Human Development; Global Governance and Japanese Politics. Her recent research focuses on gender policies and empowerment outcomes under institutionalized and politicized Islam. She speaks Turkish, Japanese and German.
Teaching and Research Areas
- Comparative Social Policy in Developed and Developing Countries
- Poverty and Economic Development
- Gender and Development
- Japanese Politics
Select Publications and Funded Research
- What Makes a Camp Safe: the Protection of Children from Abduction in Internally Displaced Persons and Refugee Camps, Co-authored with Simon Reich, Ford institute for Human Security, University of Pittsburgh, 2008
- “Voices of the Youth: Background Papers and Country Case Studies from Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Yemen” for the WDR 2007: Development and the Next Generation, the World Bank, 2006.
- “Community Driven Development: Problems of Operationalization in the Middle East and North Africa Region”, Co-authored with Knut Opsal, for the Trust fund For Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Semi-annual Report, The World Bank, 2005.
- Securing a Future for All, Middle East-North Africa Regional Social Development Strategy, Co-authored with MNA Social Development Team, The World Bank, 2005.
- “Evaluating the Potential for Scaling Up CDD in the Kyrgyz Republic”, co-authored with Ayse Kudat, in Scaling Up-Community Driven Development: A Synthesis of Experience, IFPRI, 2004.
Consultancies, Public Service, and Awards/Honors
- World Bank
- The International Food Policy Research Institute
- Social Assessment, LLC
- Social Development in International Organizations
- Gender and Development
- Poverty and Global Economy
- Japanese Government and Politics