Department Chair

  • Len Cutler 
    Professor of Political Science
    Siena Hall 326A
    (518) 783-2350


Vera Eccarius-Kelly, Ph.D.


Vera Eccarius-Kelly, PhD
Professor of Political Science
316 Siena Hall 
Phone: (518) 782-6743



Vera Eccarius-Kelly teaches courses on comparative politics, Middle East and Latin American politics, as well as social movements. Her research interests include political activism in Muslim minority communities as well as revolutionary movements in Latin America.

Her research focuses on Kurdish Diaspora politics and mobilization, particularly in Germany and the wider EU region. She holds a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN and a MALD (Master of Arts and Diplomacy) from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston, MA.  In 2002, she earned her Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Eccarius-Kelly is the author of numerous book chapters and articles in refereed journals, and serves as an associate editor for several journals. On Siena’s campus, she chairs the Fair Trade and Social Justice Program and regularly leads student groups to Latin America and the Nordic countries.


PUBLICATIONS: Middle East, Latin America, Globalization

Producing Knowledge and Controlling the Narrative: Transnational Dimensions of Kurdish Spring,” in The Kurdish Spring; Geopolitical Changes and the Kurds, eds. Mohammed M. A. Ahmed and Michael M. Gunter (Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Press, 2013).

"Kurdistan and Genocide: Responsibility of the International Community," Modern Genocide: Understanding Causes and Consequences (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013).  

"Surreptitious Lifelines: A Structural Analysis of the FARC and the PKK,"Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol. 24, issue 2 (2012): 235-258. Special Issue: Intersections of Crime and Terror.

The Militant Kurds: A Dual Strategy for Freedom (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Security International, 2011).

“Reframing the Nationalist Perspective: Kurdish Civil Society Activism in Europe,” in Symbiotic Antagonisms: Competing Nationalisms in Turkey, ed. Ayse Kadioğlu and Fuat Keyman (Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press, 2010), 289-318.

"Nationalism, Ethnic Rap, and the Kurdish Diaspora,” Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 22.4 (2010): 423-431. 

Co-authored with Robert Yoder and Suvarna Cherukuri, “Understanding Global Information Technology and Outsourcing Dynamics,” in Handbook of Research on Global Information Technology Management in the Digital Economy, ed. Mahesh S. Raisinghani (Hershey, PA: IGI Publisher, 2008), 257-280. (Reprinted in IT Outsourcing: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications, ed. Kirk St. Amant (Hershey, PA: IGI Publisher, 2009).

"Interpreting the PKK's Signals in Europe," Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol. 2, no. 11 (2008): 10-14.

"Unresolved Questions and another Crossroads in Turkey," Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol. 2, no. 1 (2008): 3-6.

“The Kurdish Conundrum in Europe: Political Opportunities and Transnational Activism,” in Migration and Activism in Europe since 1945, ed. Wendy Pojmann (NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), 57-80.

“Counterterrorism Policies and the Revolutionary Movement of Tupac Amaru: The Unmasking of Peru’s National Security State,” in Countering Terrorism in the 21st Century, Vol. 3, ed.  James J.F. Forest (Westport, CT: Praeger Security International, 2007), 463-484.

“Party Preferences and Political Participation: The Emergence of the Turkish-Origin German Voter,” Migration Letters, vol. 5. 1, 2008, 21-40.

“Deep and Ragged Scars,” Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice 19.1, 2007, 51-58. (Special Issue: Land Rights and Conflict).

“Guatemalan Women's Cooperatives and State Neglect,” Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 18.1, 2006, 37-43. (Special Issue: Human Rights in the Americas).

Co-authored with Robert Yoder, “Teaching a Globalization Module in an Information Systems Course: The Seven Lenses Model and Outsourcing,” The International Journal of Business Research, Vol. VI, No. 2 (2006): 57-67.

“Political Movements and Leverage Points: Kurdish Activism in the European Diaspora,” The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 22. 1, 2002, 91-118.

“Radical Consequences of Benign Neglect: The Rise of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) in Germany,” The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Vol. 24, No.1 (2000): 161-174.