Begüm received her PhD in Geography from the University of California Los Angeles (2007) and her MA in Art History from the University of California Riverside (2001). Her BA was in Sociology at Boğaziçi University, Turkey. She also worked full time as a human rights defender at Amnesty International Turkey. Begüm's current research is on human rights, gender, sexuality, and migration. She focuses on the re-construction of masculinities of refugee men as they move across European borders. She explores how Afghan refugee men through their everyday spatial practices build relations of care and solidarity in Berlin and Lesvos island.