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Graduate Students

AJ Kurdi

Research Interests

International Norm Diffusion, Critical Policy Analysis, Social Movements, Queer of Color Critique, Diaspora and Transnationalism

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Bio & Research

AJ is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. By conducting a multi-scalar comparative study on the self-organization of LGBTQI people belonging to racial and ethnic minorities in Budapest, Paris, Montréal and Oakland, his research aims to demonstrate how different forms of ethnic minority LGBTQI organizing shape the priorities and political orientations of mainstream movements, equality policies and legislation in the EU 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 received an M.A. in Critical Gender Studies from the Central European University (Vienna, Austria), an LL.M. in International and European Law from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris, France), and a M.A. in International Relations and European Integration from Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem (Budapest, Hungary).

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