Bilge O'Hearn Firat

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Bilge O'Hearn Firat
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Bilge O'Hearn Firat is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at The University of Texas at El Paso. Trained as a political anthropologist, Bilge pursues questions of access and accountability through the corridors of power from high politics and international diplomacy to energy and transport infrastructures. Her research interests include regionalism and regional integration; lobbying and informal governance; elites and statecraft; energy and infrastructure development, diplomacy and geopolitics. Bilge has expertise and experience in cultures of lobbying, policymaking and supranational negotiation strategies in Europe, Eurasia and Turkey. Her book Diplomacy and Lobbying During Turkey’s Europeanisation: The Private Life of Politics (Manchester University Press 2019) hones in on (in)formal negotiations of power, policy and statecraft among politicians, businessmen, diplomats and lobbyists during Turkey’s contentious integration to the European Union. Bilge’s current line of research follows ethnographically various energy transport infrastructures connecting Europe and Asia via Turkey, and the Americas in their making. Specifically, she is interested in how the materiality of energy-transport infrastructures shapes and is shaped by the cultures of geopolitics and statecraft in their regions. Bilge is currently teaching courses on comparative regions, globalization, cultures of expertise, urban infrastructures, and ethnographic research methods at UTEP.


  1. Diplomacy
  2. Lobbying
  3. Statecraft
  4. Political anthropology
  5. Policy studies
  6. Energy
  7. Transport
  8. Infrastructure
  9. Elites
  10. Power
  11. Governance
  12. Politics
  13. Politicking
  14. Geopolitics
  15. Cultures of expertise