Uğur Ümit Üngör

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Uğur Ümit Üngör (born 1980) is a Dutch scholar of genocide and mass violence.


Üngör, who was born in Turkey and raised in Enschede in the Netherlands,[1][2] earned a doctorate from the University of Amsterdam in 2009,[3] and taught history at Utrecht University and sociology at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies.[4] He has published widely in the field of mass violence and genocide, in particular the Armenian genocide and the Rwandan genocide. Üngör was Lecturer in International History at the University of Sheffield 2008-9, then Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for War Studies at University College Dublin in 2009–10.[5] Since February 2020, he has been Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the NIOD Institute in Amsterdam.

Üngör's book based on his dissertation, The Making of Modern Turkey: Nation and State in Eastern Anatolia, 1913-50 (Oxford University Press, 2011) was the winner of the Erasmus Research Prize by Praemium Erasmianum Foundation 2010[6] and of the Keetje Hodshon Prize awarded by the Royal Netherlands Society of Sciences and Humanities.[7] Üngör was awarded the 2012 Heineken Young Scientist Award in History by the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.[8]

He and Armenian Alexander Goekjian, who also wrote the screenplay and directed, are featured in the documentary The Land of Our Grandparents,[9] which was shown on Dutch public television on 24 April 2008, and was awarded the prize for best documentary at the Pomegranate Film Festival in Toronto that year.[3] Üngör also co-wrote Confiscation and Destruction: The Young Turk Seizure of Armenian Property in 2011.

His most recent work is on the dynamic and violence of the Syrian civil war.


  • Ungor, Uğur; Polatel, Mehmet (2011). Confiscation and Destruction: The Young Turk Seizure of Armenian Property. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4411-1020-6.
  • Üngör, Uğur Ümit (2012). The Making of Modern Turkey: Nation and State in Eastern Anatolia, 1913-1950. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-965522-9.
  • Üngör, Uğur Ümit (2020). Paramilitarism: Mass Violence in the Shadow of the State. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-882524-1.


  1. ^ Mirror-Spectator, The Armenian (14 April 2010). "Clark Attempts to Define State of Genocide Research". The Armenian Mirror-Spectator. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  2. ^ "De passie van…Ugur Ümit Üngör" (in Dutch). 4 December 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  3. ^ a b Aram Arkun, "Prolific Young Scholar on Armenian Genocide in Holland", "The Armenian Mirror Spectator", 7 February 2012.
  4. ^ http://www.ungor.nl/?page_id=22/
  5. ^ Üngör, Uğur Ümit (15 March 2014). "Lost in commemoration: the Armenian genocide in memory and identity". Patterns of Prejudice. 48 (2): 147–166. doi:10.1080/0031322X.2014.902210. ISSN 0031-322X. S2CID 145400499.
  6. ^ "Dissertatieprijswinnaars". Praemium Erasmianum Foundation. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Keetje Hodshon Prijs 2011 toegekend aan Dr. Üngör | Nieuws - De Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen". 17 October 2013. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Ugur Ümit Üngör", Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, retrieved 16 October 2013 (in Dutch)
  9. ^ "Land of Our Grandparents (2008) - IMDb". 24 April 2008.

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