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 B.A.in 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?
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Political Islamic Fundamentalism
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