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Nora Fisher-Onar
University of San Francisco
Assistant Professor
University of San Francisco
International Studies
San Francisco CA 94501
United States
Nora Fisher-Onar is Assistant Professor of International Studies at the University of San Francisco. Her research interests include IR and social theory, Turkey & Middle East Studies, political ideologies, gender, and foreign policy analysis. Fisher-Onar, who speaks five languages, received her doctorate in IR from Oxford and holds masters and undergraduate degrees in international affairs from Johns Hopkins (SAIS) and Georgetown universities, respectively. Fisher-Onar is author of the forthcoming monograph, "Pluralism in Turkey: Islam, Liberalism, and Nationalism" (Cambridge University Press) and editor of "Istanbul: Living With Difference in a Global City (Rutgers UP, 2018 - co-edited with Susan Pearce & Fuat Keyman). She has published extensively in academic journals like Conflict and Cooperation, Middle East Studies, Millennium, Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, Theory and Society, Turkish Studies and Women’s Studies International Forum. She also speaks at policy fora like Brookings, Carnegie, and the German Marshall Fund (GMF) where she has served as a Ronald Asmus Fellow, Transatlantic Academy Fellow, and Non-Residential Fellow. Fisher Onar has contributed editorials to platforms like the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, the Guardian, and OpenDemocracy.
International Relations/Affairs
Sub Areas
Gender/Women's Studies
Foreign Relations
Middle East/Near East Studies
Turkish Studies
Ottoman Studies
Urban Studies
English (native)
Turkish (fluent)
Italian (fluent)
French (intermediate)
DPhil | 2009 | International Relations | University of Oxford
MA | 2004 | Conflict Managment/Int'l Economics | Johns Hopkins SAIS
BS | 1998 | School of Foreign Service | Georgetown University
Disenchanted Nations?: Challenging Ethno-Religious Nationalism in Turkey and Greece Post-Factual Politics and the Illiberal Turn: The Case of Turkey Pathways to Pluralism: Islam, Liberalism and Nationalism in Turkey and Beyond Beyond Binaries: How to Capture Causal Complexity at Critical Junctures in (Middle Eastern) Politics (Anti-)Pluralism as Analytical Tool: Comparing Populism and Political Religion across “East” and “West” Capturing Complexity: A New Key to (Ottoman and Turkish) Politics Contesting Pluralism(s): Islamism, Liberalism and Nationalism in Turkey and Beyond