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AJ Kurdi

Research Interests

Political Sociology; Gender and Sexuality; Race and Ethnicity; Transnationalism; Social Theory; Feminist and Queer Theory; Law and Society

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Bio & Research

AJ Kurdi is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ethnic Studies, with a Designated Emphasis in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation research is a comparative study on different forms of ethnic minority queer organizing in Budapest, Montréal and Paris, and how they shape the priorities and political orientations of mainstream LGBTQI movements, laws and public policies in Europe and North America.

His previous work focuses broadly on queer social movement debates and transnational networks in West Asia and the various forms of discrimination queer Romani people face in Central and Eastern Europe. He has published in the Journal of Israeli History, the Critical Romani Studies, and International Journal of Discrimination and the Law.

AJ holds degrees from the Central European University, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem.

In his spare time he can be found regularly updating his techno playlist mix and expanding his underground comix collection.