Müge Kökten


Müge Kökten Finkel

Assistant Professor 
3933 Posvar Hall
Curriculum vitae


  • PhD, Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia, 2002
  • MA, International Relations, International University of Japan, 1996
  • BA, Political Science and International Relations, Bogazici University, 1994


Dr. Müge Kökten Finkel is Assistant Professor of International Development at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to her academic appointment in GSPIA, she worked as a Social Development Specialist at the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa region, and consulted for the International Food Policy Research Institute. She worked on youth and gender-focused projects in Yemen, Egypt, and Morocco. She has co-authored publications including, “A Gendered Perspective on Social Policies in Turkey: What do women think?” (2015); “What makes a camp safe: protection of children from abduction in internally displaced persons and refugee camps” (2008); “Voices of the Youth: background papers and country case studies from Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Yemen;” and “Securing a Future for all: Middle East-North Africa Regional Social Development Strategy.” Dr. Finkel is the faculty co-lead of the Ford Institute for Human Security research group on Gender Equality in Public Administration (GEPA), a collaborative research effort with UNDP. Her current research focuses on politics of public sector employment and opportunities for women. In support of her GEPA research, the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh has named Dr. Finkel the Global Studies Faculty Fellow for the academic year 2017-2018. Her work during the fellowship will focus on bridging Pitt’s existing strengths in gender and governance studies and complementing nascent plans to leverage the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a pedagogical tool for interdisciplinary dialogue across the university. Dr. Finkel has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Virginia; an MA from the International University of Japan; and a BA from Bogazici University in Turkey.

Teaching and Research Areas

  • Comparative Social Policy in Developed and Developing Countries
  • Poverty and Economic Development
  • Gender and Development
  • Japanese Politics

Select Publications and Funded Research

  • Global Glass Ceiling in Public Administration (2018-Present)

  • Gender Equality in Public Administration (2015-Present)

  • "A Gendered Perspective on Social Policies in Turkey: What Do Women Think?", Co-authored with Dr. Hülya Öztop, Journal of Education & Social Policy, vol.2, N. 4, October 2015. 

  • What Makes a Camp Safe: the Protection of Children from Abduction in Internally Displaced Persons and Refugee Camps, Co-authored with Simon Reich, Ford institute for Human Security, University of Pittsburgh, 2008

  • “Voices of the Youth: Background Papers and Country Case Studies from Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Yemen” for the WDR 2007: Development and the Next Generation, the World Bank, 2006.

  • “Community Driven Development: Problems of Operationalization in the Middle East and North Africa Region”, Co-authored with Knut Opsal, for the Trust fund For Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Semi-annual Report, The World Bank, 2005.

  • Securing a Future for All, Middle East-North Africa Regional Social Development Strategy, Co-authored with MNA Social Development Team, The World Bank, 2005.

  • “Evaluating the Potential for Scaling Up CDD in the Kyrgyz Republic”, co-authored with Ayse Kudat, in Scaling Up-Community Driven Development: A Synthesis of Experience, IFPRI, 2004.

Consultancies, Public Service, and Awards/Honors

  • World Bank
  • The International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Social Assessment, LLC


  • Social Development in International Organizations
  • Gender and Development
  • Poverty and Global Economy
  • Japanese Government and Politics

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260