Mostafa Khalili

2018-07 - 2018-09

Visiting PhD Candidate

Doshisha University, Graduate School of Global Studies

Mostafa Khalili received his Master's degree in Society and Culture from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), Japan, in March 2017. His thesis was on the ethnic identity construction of Iranian Azerbaijanis in Tabriz city.

He is currently a Ph.D. student in Global Studies at the Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University, Japan, under the supervision of Professor Anne Gonon.
His research deals with the ethnic boundary making of Iranian Kurds and Azerbaijanis comparing the boundary making strategies of Sorani and Kurmanji speaking Kurds in the region. The study aims to shed light on the factors that could explain the differences in perceiving the concept of "Kurdishness" among various Kurdish sub-groups, influenced by their neighboring ethnic groups.

Since April 2017, Mostafa Khalili is also taking part in the Advanced Doctoral Program in Global Resource Management (GRM), an interdisciplinary program at Doshisha University, funded by the Japanese government for leading graduate schools.  He conducted many field research in Japan and some developing countries, like Laos, Kenya, Thailand, Iran, and Turkey, focusing on human resource management.

He has been awarded JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists, the most competitive research fellowship in Japan since April 2018. His ethnographic field research has been sponsored with a research grant by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. 

Research interests

Inter-ethnic relations, ethnic conflicts, ethnicity and nationalism, social psychology, cultural anthropology, ethnography, Kurdish studies, human resource management

Visiting projects and objectives

Mostafa Khalili will work on his main topics during his stay: “Dynamics of ethnic boundary making among Iranian Kurds and Azerbaijanis”.