Advisory Board


      Professor Ayşe Buğra teaches at the Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History, Bogazici University. She received her Ph.D. in 1981 from the McGill University. Prof. Buğra has co-founded the Social Policy Forum with Prof. Caglar Keyder and serves as the chair of the steering committee. She has worked on topics such as state-businessmen relationships, social policy and poverty, social-policy history of Turkey, working life and labor unions, and female employment, and published various books and articles in journals such as Constellations, Development and Change, Labor Studies Journal, Journal of European Social Policy, South Atlantic Quarterly, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, New Perspectives on Turkey, and Toplum ve Bilim.

        • ALİ ÇARKOĞLU

          Professor Ali Çarkoğlu is currently a professor of political science at the Koç University, Istanbul. He received his Ph.D. at the State University of New York-Binghamton in 1994. He previously thought at Boğaziçi and Sabancı universities in Istanbul. He was a resident fellow in 2008-2009 at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS). His areas of research interest include voting behavior, public opinion and party politics in Turkey. Since 2008 he is a founding member of the Turkish team in International Social Survey Program (ISSP). He is on the editorial board of Turkish Studies and served as the Research Director at the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) between 2000-2001. His publications appeared in the Democratization, European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, Turkish Studies, New Perspectives on Turkey, South European Society and Politics, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Studies and in edited volumes. His most recent book co-authored with Ersin Kalaycıoğlu appeared from Palgrave: The Rising Tide of Conservatism in Turkey (2009).

            • HOUCHANG E. CHEHABI

              Professor Houchang E. Chehabi received his PhD from Yale University in Political Science.  He is a Professor of international relations and history at Boston University, and has also taught at Harvard University, UCLA, the University of St. Andrews, and the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa. His main research interests are Iranian cultural history and Iran’s transnational relations.  He is the author of ‘Iranian Politics and Religious Modernism’ (1990) and the main author of ‘Distant Relations: Iran and Lebanon in the Last 500 Years’ (2006). Some of his recent articles are “İran’da Yeme İçme Kültürünün Batılılaşması (Westernisation of Food Culture in Iran)” (Yemek ve Kültür, no. 3 (2005): 84-103), and “Türkiye ve İran’da Erkekler İçin Kıyafet Kanunları (Dress Code Laws for Men in Turkey and Iran)” (in Touraj Atabaki and Erik J. Zürcher, eds., Türkiye ve İran’da Otoriter Modernleşme: Atatürk ve Rıza Şah Dönemleri (Authoritarian Modernisation in Turkey and Iran: Atatürk and Ali Reza Shah Eras) (İstanbul: İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2012), pp. 189-214).

                • THOMAS DIEZ

                  Professor Thomas Diez is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the Institute for Political Science, University of Tübingen. He was formerly Professor of International Relations Theory in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, where he was Head of Department from 2005-2008. Diez earned his PhD at the University of Mannheim. He was formerly a Research Fellow at the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute where he worked with Barry Buzan and Ole Waever. He studies international relations theory, European integration and conflict transformation and is best known for his contributions to the debate on the European Union’s normative power.

                    • MİNE EDER

                      Professor Mine Eder is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Bogazici University, Istanbul. Professor Eder received his Ph.D. in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, the United States of America. Professor Eder worked as a visiting professor at Yale University and George Washington University among others. Professor Eder published extensively in the field of comparative political economy, development, Turkish politics and European Union.

                        • JONATHAN FRYER

                          Jonathan Fryer is a British writer, lecturer and broadcaster with a particular focus on Turkey and the Middle East. The author of 15 books (mainly history and biography), he graduated in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford and since 1993 has been teaching a course in Humanities at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies. A familiar voice from BBC Radio 4’s “From Our Own Correspondent”, he appears regularly on Arab and other Middle Eastern TV channels commenting on current affairs in the region. As a journalist he has covered the last two general elections in Turkey, as well as monitoring trials in Ankara and Istanbul on behalf of English PEN. An active blogger, he has contributed to a wide range of newspapers, magazines and academic journals, including the Guardian and Turkish Review.

                            • IOANNIS N. GRIGORIADIS

                              Assistant ProfessorIoannis N. Grigoriadis currently teaches at the Department of Political Science, Bilkent University and is a Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation of European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). His research interests include European, Middle Eastern and energy politics, nationalism and democratisation. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Political Science, University of Athens, where he studied Law. In 2002 he obtained a Master of International Affairs (MIA) and an Advanced Certificate of Middle Eastern Studies from the School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University. In 2005, he successfully defended his PhD thesis in Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Ηe has worked as research associate at Columbia University and the University of Oxford.

                                • HURİCİHAN İSLAMOĞLU

                                  Professor Huricihan İslamoğlu is Emeritus Professor of Economic History, Bogazici University, Istanbul, visiting Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley since 2008 and Fernand Braudel Fellow at European University Institute since 2013. She has got her PhD. Degree in economic history from University of Wisconsin. She has written and lectured in fields of comparative economic history and political economy, legal history, agricultural history; agriculture and globalization, global law and governance.

                                    • DIMITRIS KERIDIS

                                      Associate Professor Dimitris Keridis currently teaches International Politics at the Department of International and European Studies at Panteion University, is a senior research associate at the Karamanlis Foundation in Athens and the director of the Navarino Network, a public policy initiative in Thessaloniki, Greece. Dr. Keridis is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Ph.D. 1998, MALD 1994). His research interests include Balkan politics, European security, and, theories of international relations, nationalism and democracy. Dr. Keridis has served as the director of the Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (1997-2001), and as a Lecturer of Balkan Studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government (1998-2001). Since 1995, he has been a Research Associate at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA), Cambridge, MA.

                                        • ÇAĞLAR KEYDER

                                          Professor Çağlar Keyder currently teaches at the Sociology department at Binghamton University, State University of New York and Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History, Bogaziçi University. He received his Ph.D. in 1977 from the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Keyder has co-founded the Social Policy Forum of Bogazici University with Prof. Ayşe Bugra. He has worked on topics such as historical sociology, urban sociology, social policy, Ottoman-Turkish history, and published various books and articles in journals such as Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, New Left Review, Review, New Perspectives on Turkey, Toplum ve Bilim.

                                            • MEMET KILIÇ

                                              Memet Kılıç holds law degrees from the universities of Ankara (Turkey) and Heidelberg. During his studies, he worked as an academic assistant at the European Documentation Centre of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. From 2004 to 2009, he was a Member of Heidelberg City Council. Since 2009, Kılıç has represented his constituency of Pforzheim and Enzkreis in the Bundestag as an MP of The Greens.

                                                • STEPHEN KINZER

                                                  Stephen Kinzer is a visiting professor of international relations in Boston University. Kinzer holds a BA degree from Boston University which he received in 1973. Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents. His articles and books have led the Washington Post to call him “among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling.” Kinzer spent more than 20 years working for the New York Times, most of it as a foreign correspondent. From 1990 to 1996 Kinzer was posted in Germany. He was chief of the New York Times bureau in Bonn, and after German unification became chief of the Berlin bureau. In 1996, Kinzer was named chief of New York Times bureau in Istanbul, Turkey. He spent four years there, traveling widely in Turkey and in the new nations of Central Asia and the Caucasus. Kinzer contributes articles to the New York Review of Books and other periodicals, and writes a world affairs column for The Guardian.

                                                    • PAUL J. KUBICEK

                                                      Assistant Professor Paul J. Kubicek currently teaches political science at Oakland University where he also holds the positions of director of Center for International Studies and director of Religious Studies. Kubicek obtained his BA from Georgetown University in 1989, MA from University of Michigan in 1992 and Ph.D from University of Michigan in 1995.  He has received numerous awards and scholarships including Oakland University Research Fellowship, American Councils for International Education Advanced Research Fellowship and Fulbright Scholarship. Kubicek also has many publications published in refereed academic journals.

                                                        • SIR DAVID LOGAN

                                                          Sir David Logan was British Ambassador to Turkey from 1997-2001, and also served at the British Embassy there between 1965-1969. For most of his career in the Diplomatic Service he specialised in east-west relations and in defence policy.  He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the British Embassies in Moscow and Washington. His postings in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office included appointments as Assistant Under Secretary of State for Central and Eastern European Affairs, and for Defence Policy. He was Director of the Centre for Studies in Security and Diplomacy and an Honorary Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Birmingham University between 2002-2007. He is Chair of the British Institute at Ankara, which supports and enables research in Turkey and the Black Sea region in the fields of archaeology, history and contemporary social science.

                                                            • ANDREW MANGO

                                                              Dr. Andrew Mango got his Ph.D. in 1955 for a thesis on the legend of Alexander in Persian Islamic poetry from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. He joined the External Services (now World Service) of the BBC in 1947, and was in charge of broadcasts in Turkish between 1958 and 1972, before being promoted Head of the South European. After his retirement from the BBC in 1986 he has worked full-time as researcher, writer and consultant on modern Turkey. Decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal of the Turkish Foreign Ministry; Hon.Ph.D. Middle East Technical University, Ankara; Süleyman Demirel University, Isparta; Beykent University, Istanbul and Çanakkale University.

                                                                • ZİYA ÖNİŞ

                                                                  Professor Ziya Öniş is Professor of Relations and the Director of the Center for Research on Globalization and Democratic Governance (GLODEM) at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. He received his BA and master’s degrees from London School of Economics and PhD. from University of Manchester. He has written extensively on various aspects of Turkish political economy. His most recent research focuses on the political economy of globalization, crises and post-crises transformations, Turkey’s Europeanization and democratization experience and the analysis of new directions in Turkish foreign policy.

                                                                    • GÜL BERNA ÖZCAN

                                                                      Associate Professor Gül Berna Özcan is Reader in International Business and Entrepreneurship at Royal Holloway, University of London. Dr. Özcan holds a PhD in Economic Geography from the London School of Economics, a MSc in Regional Planning from the Middle East Technical University and a BSc in City and Regional Planning from Dokuz Eylül University. Her research deals with business-politics relations, internationalisation of emerging market firms, SMEs and the political economy of entrepreneurial classes. Her recent book, Building States and Markets: Enterprise Development in Central Asia (Palgrave, 2010), provides extensive fieldwork evidence from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Dr. Özcan received numerous awards including the Robert McNamara Fellowship of the World Bank, the Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.

                                                                        • ROLAND ROBERTSON

                                                                          Professor Roland Robertson is Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh, USA; Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Global Society at the University of Aberdeen, UK; and Distinguished Guest Professor of Cultural Studies at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China He has published many articles or chapters on such subjects as religion, social and cultural theory, globalization and international relations, sport, and social stratification. His present work is focused upon globality and locality; the relationship between global and cosmological studies; anti-Semitism, sociology and the concept of civilization; world order and the changing nature of nations and states.

                                                                            • DANI RODRIK

                                                                              Professor Dani Rodrik is the Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has published widely in the areas of international economics, economic development, and political economy. Professor Rodrik holds a Ph.D. in economics and an MPA from Princeton University, and an A.B. (summa cum laude) from Harvard College. He is affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research, Centre for Economic Policy Research (London), Center for Global Development, and Council on Foreign Relations, among others.

                                                                                • İBRAHİM SİRKECİ

                                                                                  Professor İbrahim Sirkeci, is Professor of Transnational Studies and Marketing at Regent’s University London since 2005. He is also the director of Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies. A graduate of Bilkent University Political Science and Public Administration, Prof Sirkeci completed his PhD in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield in 2002. Before joining Regent’s University, he worked at the Centre for Citizenship and Ethnicity at the University of Bristol. Prof Sirkeci’s work revolving around the themes of ethnic conflict, minorities, migration, transnational movements, remittances, segmentation, segregation, and transnational marketing have been supported by the World Bank, European Union and government departments. He is the founding and managing editor of journals Migration Letters, Transnational Marketing Journal and Kurdish Studies. Professor Sirkeci published many books and articles in international reputable outlets.

                                                                                    • NORMAN STONE

                                                                                      Professor Norman Stone is Professor of International Relations and Director of Russian Centre at Bilkent University, Ankara.  He has completed his undergraduate studies at Cambridge University. Stone conducted research in Vienna and Budapest. He worked as professor of modern history at University of Oxford. Stone also worked as adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

                                                                                        • FİKRET ŞENSES

                                                                                          Professor Fikret Şenses is Professor of Economics at Middle East Technical University, Ankara. He has numerous academic publications on developmental economics, industrialisation, stability policies, labour markets and economics education. He has completed his BA, master’s and PhD education in the UK, consecutively at Warwick University, Lancaster University and the London School of Economics. He has served as visiting research fellow in Harvard University (1987 – 1988), Institute of Development Studies, UK (September 1989) and Institute of Developing Economies, Tokyo (July – October 1990).

                                                                                            • MİNA TOKSÖZ

                                                                                              Dr. Mina Toksöz is an Emerging Markets and Country Risk Consultant. She has 15 years of experience in investment banking, most recently as Head of Country Risk at Standard Bank International. Prior to this Dr Toksöz worked for The Economist Group’s EIU, covering Europe and the Middle East, and as Manager of the Country Risk Service.  She currently serves as an Independent Director on the Supervisory Board of the EIU Country Risk Service. She has published widely on Emerging Markets; has a D.Phil. in Economics from Sussex University, BA from Bosporus University, and Executive Programme on Infrastructure at Harvard University. Dr Toksoz is a regular public speaker with recent engagements on Turkey and the Middle East at Chatham House, RIIA; on UK-Turkey relations to the House of Commons Foreign Policy Committee; lectures on Country Risk at the Manchester Business School.

                                                                                                • ROBERT WADE

                                                                                                  Professor Robert Wade is currently Professor of political economy at the London School of Economics, a position he holds since 2001. Professor Wade received his Ph.D. at the University of Sussex in 1971. Professor Wade worked at the Wold Bank as a staff economist on agriculture & irrigation in central Agriculture and Rural Development Department, then on trade policy in central Country Policy Department. He has been a visiting professor in Princeton University, MIT and Brown University over the course of the years. Professor Wade is a founding member of the Financial Times’ Economists’ Forum, a by-invitation group which is described as “50 of the world’s most influential economists”. Professor Wade who has authored numerous articles that were and still are being published on many academic journals as well as award-winning books, is one of the world’s most cited economists.

                                                                                                    • ERİNÇ YELDAN

                                                                                                      Professor Erinç Yeldan received his Ph.D. from University of Minnesota, USA, and joined the Department of Economics at Bilkent in 1988. He served as Chair to the Economics Department between 1998 and 2003. During 1994/95 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Minnesota where he taught Applied General Equilibrium Analysis. He later visited International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C. and worked as a research associate. During 2007/2008 he was a Fulbright scholar at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and at Amherst College. In 2012 Dr Yeldan has moved to Yasar University as Dean of the faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences.  Dr. Yeldan’s recent work focuses on development macroeconomics and on empirical, dynamic general equilibrium models with emphasis on the Turkish economy. He is one of the executive directors of the International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs), New Delhi. He was a recipient of Young Scientist Award of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) in 1998.  His works were cited among the list of Top 500 Economists by a research conducted by the European Economic Association in 2001.

                                                                                                        • CANAN BALKIR

                                                                                                          Professor Canan Balkır received her Ph.D. from the Aegean University’s (İzmir) Faculty of Economics in 1978. Professor Balkır has been the Chair of the Department of EU Studies at Dokuz Eylül University (DEU) since 2004. She is the coordinator of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at DEU and holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Economic Integration. She has been Fulbright scholar in USA, British Council scholar, and research fellow in UK. Lectured in Europe, USA and Northern Cyprus. She worked as an advisor to Minister of Economics between 1987-91, and as a consultant to private sector and Chambers of Commerce. Professor Balkır is a member of Turkish Association for European Community Studies (TUNAECS), standing committee member of Southeastern Europe of ECPR and board member of Aegean Association on European Studies  (ACED). Prof. Balkır’s research interests include Political economy of the European Union, EU-Turkey relations, migration and innovation, international retirement migration, international trade issues.