Welcome

I’m Crystal Whetstone, an incoming Assistant Professor at Bilkent University’s Department of International Relations.

I specialize in international relations and comparative politics. My personal mission is to engage in research, publishing, teaching and civic engagement that contributes to our understanding and furthering of women’s political participation. I look at political participation at the local, national and global levels at the nexus of gender, peace and security. I am interested in political motherhood and connections (and disjunctures) among peace, justice and memory.

I have regional specialties in South Asia and Latin America and draw on the interdisciplinary fields of gender, sexualities and memory studies in my scholarship.

I earned my PhD at the University of Cincinnati (with a doctoral concentration in feminist comparative and international politics) in 2020, and was previously an Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State University’s Department of Political Science from Fall 2020 to Spring 2022.

My pronouns are she/her.

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