Ayça Çubukçu joined the LSE in May 2012 as a Lecturer in Human Rights at the Department of Sociology and the Centre for the Study of Human Rights. Before LSE, she taught for the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University and the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University. During the 2009-2010 academic year, she was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute.
In conjunction with the history and critique of international law, her research and teaching interests are in the fields of social and political theory, human rights, cosmopolitanism, secularism, postcolonial studies and transnational social movements. She especially welcomes MSc and PhD students seeking a critical engagement with these fields. In her research, Dr Çubukçu examines competing grammars of legality, justice and legitimacy imagined by scholars and activists in response to cases of war, intervention and occupation for “liberation.” Throughout her scholarship, she focuses on the entanglement of international law and human rights ideals with the ethics and politics of violence.