Ş. İlgü Özler is the founder and Director of the State University of New York Global Engagement Program in New York City and an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at SUNY New Paltz. Her research focuses on civic engagement as it relates to political parties, non-governmental organizations and social movements. She has done research on urban slums and squatter areas in Turkey, Mexico and Chile with her recent publications focusing on Turkish civil society organizations and political participation. She teaches courses on the United Nations and global civil society. Since 2004 she has organized and participated in over 360 briefings for her students at the United Nations. She has engaged her students in applied work in global affairs through the Global Engagement Program in affiliation with 40 different international organizations. She is the founder of Mid-Hudson Valley local chapters of Amnesty International USA (served as coordinator 2011-2017) and of the United Nations Association (served as president 2013-2017). She served as an alternate delegate for the International Council Meeting 2017 representing Amnesty USA. She has been elected to serve as a board member for Amnesty International USA (2017-2020) and is currently serving as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of AI USA. Özler received her Ph.D. in Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles (2003).