Former Kellogg Dissertation Year Fellow Firat Demir (PhD '06, economics) has been named co-director of the Center for Peace and Development at the University of Oklahoma. Building on the university’s longtime work with communities in northern Uganda, the Center for Peace and Development brings together faculty and students from across the University of Oklahoma’s varied disciplines to build collaborative partnerships with communities affected by conflict.

Demir is the  L. J. Semrod Presidential Professor of Economics at the University of Oklahoma, where he recently received the Kinney-Sugg Outstanding Professor Award (2022) and the L.J. Semrod Presidential Professor Award (2021). His main fields of research are economic development and open economy macroeconomics, focusing on the issues of economic globalization, structural change, South-South trade and finance, long run development and growth, and political economy of development.

This past spring, Demir was a Fulbright Scholar at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Vilnius University in Lithuania.