Filiz Ruhm

Filiz Ruhm
Program Coordinator, Political Science
Phone: (603) 535-3068
Office: Tourism, Environment & Sustainable Societies, Rounds Hall Rm 313, MSC 39, Plymouth, NH 03264

BA, Marmara University (Turkey); MA, University of Central Oklahoma; PhD, University of Kentucky 

Filiz Otucu Ruhm is a Professor of Political Science at PSU where she specializes in International Relations, the Middle Eastern Politics, and the United Nations. Dr. Otucu Ruhm received her Ph.D. (2004) from the Department of Political Science at the University of Kentucky, her M.A. (1995) from University of Central Oklahoma and her International Relations from Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Ruhm teaches courses on politics and conflict in the Middle East, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, Political Islamic Fundamentalism as well as a course called “Model United Nations.” She has conducted field research in Black Sea and South-Eastern regions of Turkey, looking at the causes of severe-ethnic violence between the Turks and the Kurds and lack of it between the Turks and the Lazes. She has led student delegations to different parts of the world, over twenty countries, including Puebla (Mexico), the Hague (the Netherland), Taipei (Taiwan), Quito (Ecuador), London (U.K.) and Singapore. Dr. Otucu Ruhm advises PSU Model UN student organization, and with her students, every Spring, hosts a High School Model UN Conference at PSU Campus. 


  • Alt-Right Activism, Alternative Facts and Persecution of Refugees in the United States, 43rd International Academic Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2018
  • Refugee Activism in the Age of Trump: the Case of Syria, Global Research Thinking Center, Kutahya, Turkey, June 2018
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism: At Home and Abroad Preliminary Edition. CA, Cognella Publishing 2019
  • Travel Ban, Refugees, Extreme Vetting Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH. February 2017
  • Syria Crisis: Who Counts? (with Drs. Krisan Evenson, Whitney Howarth and Syrian-American Activist Nora Barre), Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, November 2015
  • Forbidden Voices, presentation on Women’s rights and Internet freedom around the world. World Affairs Council of NH. Concord, NH, May 2014
  • Veiled Atrocities, Responsibility to Protect and Millennium Development Goals: Case of the Sudan, International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference, Barcelona, Spain, June 2014
  • Veiled Atrocities: Responsibility to Prevent, Protect, and Preserve (R2P3) (with Zach Goldenberg) Annual New England Political Science Association Meeting, Portland, Maine, May 2013
  • Welcome to Turkey: Gateway to Integration of the East and the West, Turkish Intercultural Mixer Program. American Islamic Congress. Boston, October 2012
  • With Kar Yen Leong. The Jasmine in Spring: A Comparative Analysis of Democratic Change in the Middle East and China. the New England Political Science Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Portsmouth, NH, 26-28 April 2012.
  • A Bird’s Eye View of the Ottoman Empire and its Precursors World Affairs Council of Maine’s workshop on Turkish society, politics and culture. Portland, Maine, 27 March 2012.
  • Arab Transformation: Causes and Consequences UTAR PJ Campus, hosted by the Centre for International Studies, Centre for Social Change and Trends and Centre for Media and Creative Communication, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2 December, 2011.
  • Model UN for Future Leaders: An exciting Way to Get Students Involve in World Affairs UTAR, Kampar, Malaysia, 24 November 2011.
  • With Shirley, Sheryl. Walls Securing Nations or Violating Human Rights? Nationalism and Human Rights Conference, Istanbul Turkey, June 27-29 2008.


  • FYS: Do we Have Resource Wars in Our Future?
  • FYS: Peace at Home and Abroad: Can We Get There?
  • World Politics
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • International Law
  • Political Islamic Fundamentalism
  • Political Analysis
  • Model United Nations
  • Model United Nations (Lab)
  • Politics and Conflict in the Middle East
  • Access Cuba: History, Culture and Environmental Sustainability
  • Masses in Flight: Forced Migration, Refugees and Security
  • Private Military Companies (PMCs) in the War on Terror
  • Intelligence: Collection and Analysis
  • Graduate Capstone Project: Teaching Model United Nations
  • Water: Responsibility to Protect
  • UN Responsibility to Protect 3: Veiled Atrocities
  • Infectious Diseases and Cultural Literacy
  • Global Health Epidemic and Advocacy