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 (Major) and Comparative Politics (Minor); 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.