Onur Bakiner, PhD

PhD, Political Science

Assistant Professor

Phone: 206.296.5447

Building/Room: Casey 410-14


Onur Bakiner is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Seattle University. His research and teaching interests include transitional justice, human rights and judicial politics, particularly in Latin America and the Middle East. His book Truth Commissions: Memory, Power, and Legitimacy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) has been awarded the Best Book Award by the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association. Currently he has been working on a research project examining judicial actors during prolonged internal conflict in Colombia and Turkey. His past research investigates the role truth commissions play in contemporary societies. For this research he conducted interviews with political decision-makers, NGO activists, intellectuals, victims of political violence and their relatives in Chile and Peru. His articles have been published in the Journal of Law and Courts, the International Journal of Transitional Justice, Memory Studies, and Nationalities Papers.

Teaching and Research Interests 

Transitional justice; human rights; judicial politics; civil war and conflict resolution; Middle Eastern politics; Latin American politics

Selected Publications

Truth Commissions: Memory, Power, and Legitimacy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016): awarded the Best Book Award of the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association in 2017
Judges Discover Politics: Sources of Judges’ Off-bench Mobilization in Turkey,” Journal of Law and Courts 4(1): 131-157
“Truth Commission Impact: an Assessment of How Commissions Influence Politics and Society.” International Journal of Transitional Justice 8(1) (2014): 6-30
“One Truth Among Others? Truth Commissions’ Struggle for Truth and Memory.” Memory Studies 8(3): 345-360
“Is Turkey Coming to Terms with its Past? Politics of Memory and Majoritarian Conservatism.” Nationalities Papers: the Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity 41(5) (2013): 691-708
“From Denial to Reluctant Dialogue: the Chilean Military’s Confrontation with Human Rights (1990-2006)." International Journal of Transitional Justice 4(1) (2010): 47-66