Özgür Özvatan

Stellvertretender Leiter der Abteilungen "Integrationsforschung und Gesellschaftspolitik" und "Wissenschaftliche Grundfragen zu Integration und Migration"


Fellow with the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR)



PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLE: Ö. Özvatan (2020). The Great Secession. Ethno-National Rebirth and the Politics of Turkish-German Belonging. Social Inclusion.

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLE: (equal co-authors) S. Metzger and Ö. Özvatan (2019). Games of Belonging: Football, Boundaries and Politics in Turkey and Germany. Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity.

BOOK CHAPTER: Ö. Özvatan and M. Siewert (2019). Konzepte und Konzeptformierung. In Handbuch Methoden der Politikwissenschaft edited by C. Wagemann, A. Goerres, and M. Siewert. VS. 

BOOK CHAPTER: B. Forchtner and Ö. Özvatan (2019). Beyond the German forest: Environmental communication by the German far right. IN: Forchtner. Far right and the Environment: Politics, Discourse, Communication. Routledge, London. 

BOOK CHAPTER: Ö. Özvatan and B. Forchtner. Towards a 'happy-ending'? The far right in Germany. IN: A. Waring (2019). The New Authoritarianism: A Risk Analysis of the Alt-Right. ibidem, Hannover. 

WORKING PAPER: M. Engelken-Jorge, B. Forchtner, Ö. Özvatan, K. Eder. From collective learnive learning to storytelling. The inlusionary and exclusionary politics of populism. ​

OP-ED: Ö. Özvatan (2020). In Germany, racism is becoming more mainstream. Al Jazeera, 28 February 2020. 

BLOG: G. Yurdakul, Ö. Özvatan and B. Forchtner (2019). Bikinis, Blondes, and Burkas: Gender and Islam in the German Far Right. EpiCenter, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.

OP-ED: Ö. Özvatan (2019). Merkel’s dilemma: Germany’s polarising ‘Turkish issue’ returns. openDemocracy, section 'Can Europe make it?', July 29, 2019. 

OP-ED: Ö. Özvatan (2019). Radical-Right Backlash against the Games of Belonging. The Case of Mesut Özil. openDemocracy, section 'Can Europe make it?', February 19, 2019.

OP-ED: Ö. Özvatan (2018). Politics of Turkish European Belonging in the Era of "National Rebirth". EuropeNow: Journal of Research and Art, Council for European Studies, Columbia University. October, 2018.

OP-ED: G. Yurdakul, Ö.Özvatan and A. Korteweg (2018). Feminism gone bad? Women's organisations and the hard right in Germany. openDemocracy, section 'Can Europe make it?', October 3, 2018.

OP-ED: Ö. Özvatan and B. Forchtner (2018). The Alternative for Germany and the Myth of National Rebirth. Fair Observer, September 13, 2018.

OP-ED: G. Yurdakul and Ö. Özvatan (2017). Doppelte Staatsbürgerschaft: Ethnie oder Diversität? Tagesspiegel Causa, January 11.

OP-ED: Ö. Özvatan and G. Yurdakul (2017). Familie im Grundgesetz. Ein Grundrecht auf Familie – für alle! Tagesspiegel Causa, September 20.

OP-ED: Ö. Özvatan (2017) German-Turkish tensions in a collapsing Jamaica coalition. openDemocracy, section ‘Can Europe make it?`, November 20, 2017.



2019. BIM Research Colloquium. (co-teaching with Prof. Yurdakul and Dr. Holger Wilcke)

2018. Migration and Belonging in Post-National Europe: The Interrelational Perspective (co-teaching with Prof. Yurdakul)

2017. Case study designs



2017 Humboldt Research Track Scholarship funded by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin within the Excellence Initiative of the States and the Federal Government

2016 Princeton University Research Scholarship, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Research Interests

Political Sociology, Belonging, Boundaries, Nationalism, the Far Right, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Theory