My research contributes to the literatures on revolutions, state-building, ideologies, and social movements. I am currently engaged in two interrelated projects: (1) examining the impact of ideologies on state-building outcomes, and (2) investigating the roots of different ideological orientations. I work within comparative-historical research tradition and draw upon fieldwork, interviews, and original documents. My research has been supported by Smith Richardson Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and Yale MacMillan Center.

You can see detailed information about my current projects here.


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Rasit, Huseyin. 2021. “Competing Revolutionaries: Legitimacy and Leadership in Revolutionary Situations.” The British Journal of Sociology 72(4):1092-1112.


Rasit, Huseyin and Alexander Kolokotronis. 2020. “Decentralist Vanguards: Women’s Autonomous Power and Left Convergence in Rojava.” Globalizations 17(5):869-883.

Book Chapters

Rasit, Huseyin. 2020. “Imperialism, Revolution, and the Desire to Lecture the Kurds: How Should We (Not) Analyze U.S.-Kurdish Relations.” Pp. 225-41 in Kurdish Autonomy and U.S. Foreign Policy: Continuity and Change, edited by V. Eccarius-Kelly and M. M. Gunter. New York: Peter Lang.

Book Reviews

Rasit, Huseyin. 2022. "Under the Banner of Islam: Turks, Kurds, and the Limits of Religious Unity." Politics, Religion & Ideology.


Rasit, Huseyin. 2017. “Not Another Story of Failed Liberation: Tensions in Bashur and Rojava in the Light of the Referendum,” openDemocracy



Huseyin Rasit

Ritsumeikan University

College of Global Liberal Arts 2-150 Iwakura-cho,

Ibaraki, Osaka 567-8570