Elif Kalaycioglu

Dr. Elif Kalaycioglu

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of Minnesota 2019
  • MSc. European Studies: Ideas and Identities, LSE (with distinction) 2009
  • B.A. Political Science(honors), Vassar College 2006

Research Areas

  • International Relations


Office Hours

Tuesdays 3pm-5pm with appointment https://calendly.com/drkalay

Research Interests

Elif Kalaycioglu’s research focuses on how claims of plurality impact global order as it is pursued by governance regimes and international institutions. Her book project explores how questions of cultural diversity have been brought to the stage of UNESCO’s world heritage regime, challenging and transforming the regime’s grounds and goals, as a symptom and further entrenchment of a new global politics of culture. Her further research will explore the intersection of order, governance and plurality by exploring how the world heritage regime has become a conduit for the pursuit of multiple international, regional, and national political projects at a time of broad global political shifts. A second stream of her research starts from the world heritage sites themselves, and uses these concrete locations to think about how conflicting assertions of value, and visions of world order are staged in and through these internationally recognized places.

Selected Publications

  • Kalaycioglu, Elif. (forthcoming). Cultural Diversity and World Politics. In the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190846626.013.541.
  • Kalaycioglu, Elif. “Aesthetic Elisions: The Ruins of Palmyra and the ‘Good Life’ of Liberal Multiculturalism.” International Political Sociology, 14:3 (2020): 286-303.
  • Tagma, Halit Mustafa, Elif Kalaycioglu, and Emel Akcali. “ ‘Taming’ Arab social movements: Exporting neoliberal governmentality.” Security Dialogue 44.5-6 (2013): 375-392.
  • Kalaycioglu, Elif. Governing Culture ‘Credibly’: Contestation in the World Heritage Regime. In A. Phillips & C. Reus-Smit (Eds.), Culture and Order in World Politics (LSE International Studies). Cambridge University Press, 2020: 294-316.
  • Kalaycioglu, Elif. “Hagia Sophia and the Multi-Level Politics of Heritage.” Duck of Minerva, 15 Jul 2020: https://duckofminerva.com/2020/07/hagia-sophia-and-the-multi-level-politics-of-heritage.html.