Onur Bakiner

Limited Term Assistant Professor
Harbour Centre 7272


Ph.D. Yale University, Department of Political Science (2011)
M.Phil. Yale University, Department of Political Science (2007)
B.A. Bogazici University, Istanbul, Double Major in Political Science and Economics (2005)

Areas of Interest

Transitional Justice • Latin American Politics • Comparative Politics 
• Politics of Memory • Politics of Human Rights 
• History of Political Thought


Onur Bakiner is Assistant Professor of International Studies at Simon Fraser University. His research and teaching interests include transitional justice, judicial behavior, Latin American politics, memory politics, complex emergencies and humanitarian intervention, regional integration, and normative political theory.

His articles were published in the International Journal of Transitional Justice, and Nationalities Papers. A forthcoming article will be published in Memory Studies


IS 101 Introduction to International Studies
IS 409/809 Transitional Justice
IS 806 State Building and State Failure
IS 807 Complex Emergencies
IS 815 Theories of Latin American Development
IS 840 Perspectives in International Studies



“Truth Commission Impact: an Assessment of How Commissions Influence Politics and Society.” International Journal of Transitional Justice (Forthcoming, 2014)

“One Truth Among Others? Truth Commissions’ Struggle for Truth and Memory.” Memory Studies (Forthcoming, 2014)

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.

Book Reviews

Transitional Justice in South Asia: A Study of Afghanistan and Nepal. Tazreena Sajjad, (London, New York: Routledge, 2013) in Pacific Affairs (Forthcoming, 2014) 

2011 Before the Shining Path: Politics in Rural Ayacucho, 1895-1980. Jaymie Patricia Heilman, (Stanford University Press, 2010) in Latin American Politics and Society 53(2) (2011): 178-181

2007 Rethinking Islam and Liberal Democracy: Islamist Women in Turkish Politics, by Yeşim Arat (State University of New York Press, 2005), in Southeast European and Black Sea Studies 7 (1) (2007): 177 – 207

Reference Works

Forthcoming “Truth Commissions” in The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Michael Gibbons, William Connolly, Diana Coole (eds.) (Sage, 2012)

Curriculum Vitae (December 2013)