May 2015       Ph.D. Candidate, University of Pennsylvania, Political Science

Dissertation: Making Autocrats Accountable: The Challenge of Diversity and the Role of Cooperation

Committee: Julia Lynch, Rudra Sil, Ian Lustick, Yuhua Wang, Bruce Desmarais

2009               M.A., Sabanci University, Political Science, Turkey

Dissertation: The European Union and Its Member States’ Responses to the 2008 Financial Crisis

Committee: Meltem Müftüler Baç, Sabri Sayarı, Yaprak Gürsoy

2006               M.A., College of Europe, European Political and Administrative Studies, Belgium

Dissertation: Euroscepticism amongst candidate countries to EU

Supervisor: Robert Ladrech

2005               BA., Galatasaray University, Political Science & International Relations, Turkey

Dissertation: Les dynamiques d’emergence de la citoyenneté européenne

Supervisor: Alexandre Toumarkine


Study abroad

2005    Intensive ERASMUS programme on the EU, Hungary

2004    Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne University, ERASMUS programme, France

2003    IEP de Lille, Summer School on the European Union 2003, Lille, France


Methods training

2013                Mergecon, Istanbul

Course: Programming in Java

2013                ICPSR, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan

Courses: Advanced Network Analysis, Complex Systems

2012                Statistical Horizons, Pennsylvania

                        Course: Social Network Analysis

2008                ECPR Essex Summer School on Social Data Analysis, United Kingdom

Course: Multilevel Analysis


Comparative politics

Authoritarianism and democratization, state formation, contentious politics and social movements, comparative political economy


International relations

International political economy, international cooperation, financial and debt crises


Area specialization

European studies, the European Union, Turkish politics



Network analysis, agent-based modeling, comparative historical analysis, multi- methods research


Refereed journal articles

“Ireland the Reluctant Borrower: When political measures fall short”, (2012) Contemporary European Studies, 2, pp. 83-113.

“A Comparative Approach to Euroscepticism”, (2008) Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Nov., 16: 2, pp. 249-266.

Articles under review

“When do small events trigger massive protests? The case of 2013 Gezi Protests” (R&R, also awarded Sidney Tarrow Best Article Prize).

Manuscripts in preparation

“Condemned to Authoritarianism? The Challenge of Preference Diversity on Regime Change”

“Building societal support in post-revolutionary regimes”

Working papers

“Christian Democracy in Professional Life: Farmers’ and Workers’ Associations”

Media publications

“’Biz’, ‘onlar’ ve toplumsal dayanışma”, (“We”, “Them” and social cooperation) Radikal 2, Feb. 2007.

“Milliyetçilik, siyasallaşma, militanlaşma”, (Nationalism, politicization, militantism) Radikal 2, Feb. 2007.

“Mitinglerin Siyasi Arz Eksikliği”, (Manifestations and the Shortage of Political Supply), Yeni Şafak, May 2007.

“Turkish points of view on EU accession”, Faith in Europe Magazine, May 2007.

“Rights, Identities and EU citizenship”, Faith in Europe Magazine, May 2007.

“Opening of the negotiations with Turkey”, Yeni Aktuel, Oct. 2005.


“Condemned to Authoritarianism? The Challenge of Preference Diversity on Regime Change”, MPSA 2015, Chicago, Apr. 17, 2015.

“Building societal support in post-revolutionary regimes”, Democracy Constitution and Citizenship Graduate Workshop, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Apr. 8, 2015.

“Condemned to Authoritarianism? The Challenge of Preference Diversity on Regime Change”, MARC, Annenberg, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Mar. 23, 2015.

“Condemned to Authoritarianism? A Collective Action Perspective on the Ottoman Transition to Constitutional Regime”, APSA, Washington, DC, Aug. 30, 2014.

“From small to mass-scale events: 2013 Gezi Protests”, Sabanci University Jean Monnet Workshop for Young Researchers, SUCEES 2014, Istanbul, Mar. 13, 2014.

“Christian Democracy in Professional Life: Farmers’ and Workers’ Associations”, University of Pennsylvania Graduate Student Workshop, Philadelphia, Mar. 2013.

“Ireland the Reluctant Borrower: When political measures fall short”, University of Pennsylvania Graduate Student Workshop, Philadelphia, May 2012.

“Ireland the Reluctant Borrower: When political measures fall short”, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Apr. 2012.

“The 2008 Financial Crisis in the European Union”, University of Pennsylvania Graduate Student Workshop, Philadelphia, May 2010.

“The EU’s member states in the face of the Crisis: Solidarity vs. Self-Interest”, Koç University Graduate Student Workshop, Istanbul, May 2009.


“Turkey: Culture & Ethnic Diversity”, the Penn Middle East Center, Philadelphia, May 24, 2015.

“L’euroscepticisme en Turquie”, the French Institute on Anatolian Studies, Istanbul, May 2007.

“European Citizenship”, ARI Workshop on European Civilisation and Culture (EU Commission Action I project), Koç University, Istanbul, May 2005.

“Legal Violations in Cyprus History”, Greco-Turkish Forum on Cyprus, Galatasaray University, Istanbul, Aug. 2002.

“Questioning the EU’s 5th Enlargement”, European Days 2002, Bosporus University, Istanbul, Oct. 2002.

“Defining Terrorism”, Campus Forum, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Apr. 2002.


2015   The Cornell Institute for European Studies, Sidney Tarrow Best Article Prize

2014    Democracy, Constitution, and Citizenship Graduate Fellowship

2014    University of Pennsylvania Department of Political Science Research Grant

2013    University of Pennsylvania Department of Political Science Research Grant

2013    University of Pennsylvania SAS Dissertation Research Teece Fellowship

2012    University of Pennsylvania Department of Political Science Research Grant

2009    Ben Franklin Award

2007    Sabanci University Full scholarship for 5-year PhD studies

2005    The European Commission Jean Monnet Scholarship

2005    The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (Tubitak), Fellowship

2003    The National Agency of Turkey Fellowship (Ulusal Ajans)


University of Pennsylvania

The European Union: Arguments & Evidence (Jan–May 2012)

Introduction to International Relations (Sep–Dec. 2011)

International Security (Jan–May 2011)

Introduction to International Relations (Sep.–Dec. 2010)

Sabanci University

Law and Ethics Course (Jan–May 2009)

Law and Ethics Course (Sep-Dec. 2008)

Law and Ethics Course (Jan–May 2008)

Law and Ethics Course (Sep-Dec. 2008)


University of Pennsylvania

Jul.- Aug. 2013           Research methods in comparative politics

Supervisor: Rudra Sil

Dec. 2012                   Turkey and PKK

Supervisor: Jessica Stanton

Dec. 2011                   The 1920 Turkish-French War, 19th century Herat

Supervisor: Alex Weisiger

European Commission

Jun.-Nov. 2007           Crime and Culture International Research Project, the 6th Framework Programme

Supervisor: Zeynep Şarlak

Koç University

Mar.-Aug. 2007          ‘Democracy and Islam’ project (team project)

Supervisor: Murat Somer

French Institute on Anatolian Studies (IFEA)

Jan.-Sep. 2007           Nationalisme

Supervisor: Alexandre Toumarkine

Jul.-Aug. 2005            Discours eurosceptiques en Turquie

Supervisor: Dr. Alexandre Toumarkine


Secretariat General for EU Affairs, Turkey

Jul. 2004                    Women Rights Project

Supervisor: Geo Abbink



Jun. 2004                   Istanbul NATO Summit 2004

Employer: Ahmet Parla, Chief of Media Department (CMD)

Position: CMD assistant, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Apr.-Sep. 2001           Cumhuriyet (daily newspaper)

Employer: Ibrahim Yıldız

Position: Reporter in the international affairs department


Penn Comparative Politics Student Workshop Series, (Nov. 2013-Feb. 2014), Coordinator

University of Pennsylvania Graduate Student Workshop, Mar. 2013, Coordinator

Galatasaray University Certificate Programme on the European Union 2003, Project designer and manager,

Galatasaray University Certificate Programme Booklet on the European Union 2003 (ISBN 975-92565-0-9), Editor

Galatasaray University EUROFORUM (Model European Union): President (2003), board member (2002)

Galatasaray University Law and Diplomacy Club: President (2003), board member (2002)

Journées Mathématiques (Mathematics days), the French Embassy, Istanbul: board member in 2001, 2002, 2003,


2014                Annenberg Media Activism Research Collective

2014                The Interdisciplinary Network for Social Protest Research (INSPR.EU)

2014                APSA Political Networks

2014                Political Networks in an Interdisciplinary World

2014                APSA Comparative Politics Section

2014                APSA European Politics and Society Section

2014                APSA Political Economy Section

2013                Columbia University Council for European Studies European Integration and    the Global Political Economy Research Network

2013                University of Pennsylvania Economic and Social Policy Forum

2009                American Political Science Association

2009                University of Pennsylvania Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism Program



Turkish: Native

English: Reading (fluent), speaking (fluent), writing (fluent)

French: Reading (fluent), speaking (fluent), writing (fluent)

Italian: Reading (beginner), speaking (beginner), writing (beginner)




R, Java, Netlogo


19th century Ottoman constitutionalists

19th century French constitutionalists (under construction)



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