Firat is interested in political economy and geography of state-formation in the Turkish border zones. At Stanford, he will study smuggling networks in exploring the ways in which governmental binaries such as formal/informal, official/unofficial, legal/illegal, licit/illicit and private/public are produced and experienced in and by various modern technologies of power. After having B.A. degrees in Political Science and Sociology from Bogazici University in Istanbul, he received his M.A. degree from Near Eastern Studies Program at Hagop Kevorkian Center at NYU.