Associate Professor of Political Science
Ayten Gündoğdu is Associate Professor of Political Science at Barnard College-Columbia University. She is a political theorist whose research centers on modern and contemporary political thought, critical approaches to human rights and humanitarianism, politics of asylum and immigration, and contemporary transformations of citizenship, sovereignty, and law. In addition to several journal articles and book chapters on these topics, Gündoğdu is the author of Rightlessness in an Age of Rights: Hannah Arendt and the Contemporary Struggles of Migrants (Oxford, 2015). The book offers a critical inquiry of human rights and reinterprets Arendt’s key concepts in the context of immigration detention, deportation, refugee camps, and struggles for regularization. Ayten Gündoğdu, associate professor of political science, joined Barnard’s faculty in 2008. At Barnard she teaches courses on political theory and human rights.