Ayse Rumeysa Kotan


I received my BA in Philosophy from Hacettepe University in Turkey and then I did my first MA (non-thesis) at Gazi University, Turkey, in Philosophy and Related Fields Teaching Program. Then I worked as a teacher in philosophy and related fields.

To broaden my experience, I then worked for a company for organisational communication which help me to improve my organisational skills. However, I wanted to return to academia and did my second MA at University College London (UCL), Institute of Education on Philosophy of Education.

Currently, I am doing my PhD in Philosophy of Education under the supervision of Professor S. Sayyid and Dr Mustapha Sheikh. My title is “Towards a decolonial education: A research on Muslims' education”.

Research interests

My PhD project aims to discuss family resemblances of John Dewey’s trip to three non-Western countries which were not formally colonised by the West. I am also looking for his advice and influence on these countries' educational institutions.

Further research interests:

  • Race
  • Colonisation/ Coloniality
  • Decoloniality
  • Nationalism
  • Pragmatism
  • Education
  • Philosophy of education
  • Critical Muslim studies


  • BA, Philosophy, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
  • MA (non-thesis), Philosophy and Related Fields Teaching Program, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
  • MA, Philosophy of Education, University College London (UCL), Institute of Education, London, UK