About Me – Ugur Altundal


I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and currently a graduate research associate at Campbell Public Affairs Institute. I received an M.A. (’15) in Government at Georgetown University. I hold a B.S. (‘11) in Political Science, and a B.A. (‘13) in Philosophy from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.

My research fields are Political Theory and Comparative Politics. My research interests include Contemporary Political Philosophy, Democracy, Citizenship, Immigration and Open Borders. My dissertation prospectus is on the right to freedom of movement, immigration, and sovereignty. I examine the normative justifications of political borders and border controls, the right to travel, and whether liberal democratic states are justified excluding travelers.