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).