Emek M. Uçarer arrived at Bucknell in 1998. She teaches a variety of courses that focus on governance in international relations.

Educational Background

  • B.A., State University of West Georgia
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Scholarly Interests

  • international organization
  • nongovernmental organizations
  • the United Nations
  • international law
  • human rights
  • global migration
  • the European Union
  • governance of immigration and asylum

Courses Offered

  • International Law
  • Human Rights
  • Global Governance
  • International Relations of Migration
  • International Relations of Europe

Professor Uçarer's research interests include governance of immigration and asylum in the European Union, the Europeanization of these issues, the role of EU institutions in cooperation on these issues, human trafficking and smuggling, the interaction between nonstate actors and intergovernmental organizations, and political mobilization of ethnic and migrant diasporas in host countries.

Professor Uçarer is the recipient of Bucknell’s Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence. She was also an American Postdoctoral Fellow of the American Association of University Women’s Educational Foundation. She is currently working on a project that seeks to determine if, how, why, and in what ways NGOs can exert influence in international organizations such as the EU, exploring how changes in the institutional setting of an institution impinge upon the conduct of IGO-NGO interactions.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

Uçarer, Emek M. "NGOs Go to Brussels: Challenges and Opportunities for Research and Practice in AFSJ," in Ariadna Ripoll Servent and Florian Trauner, eds. Routledge Handbook of Justice and Home Affairs Research. 2018.

Uçarer, Emek M. "Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice," in European Union Politics 5th ed, edited by Michelle Cini and Nieves Perez-Solorzano Barragán, pp. 281-294. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Thiel, Markus and Emek M. Uçarer, "Access and Agenda Setting in the European Union: Advocacy NGOs in Comparative Perspective," Interest Groups & Advocacy 3, no. 1 (2014): 99-116.

Uçarer, Emek M. "Tempering the EU? NGO Advocacy in the Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice," Cambridge Review of International Affairs 7, no. 1 (2014): 127-146.

Uçarer, Emek M. "Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice," in European Union Politics 4th ed, edited by Michelle Cini and Nieves Perez-Solorzano Barragán. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Uçarer, Emek M. “Negotiating Third-Country National Rights in the European Union,” in Diversity in the European Union, edited by Elisabeth Prügl and Markus Thiel, pp. 59-75. New York: Palgrave 2009.

Uçarer, Emek M. “Justice and Home Affairs,” in European Union Politics 3rd ed, edited by Michelle Cini and Nieves Perez-Solorzano Barragán. pp. 306-323. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Uçarer, Emek M.  “Safeguarding Asylum as a Human Right: NGOs and the European Union,” in Transnational Activism in the UN and the EU, edited by Jutta Joachim and Birgit Locher, pp. 121-139. New York: Routledge, 2009.

Uçarer, Emek M. “Burden-Shirking, Burden-Shifting, and Burden-Sharing in the Emergent European Asylum Regime” International Politics 43, no. 2 (2006): 219-240.

Uçarer, Emek M. “The External Impact of European Integration: The Case of Immigration Policies,” (with Sandra Lavenex) Cooperation and Conflict 39, no. 4 (2004): 417-443.


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