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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Ayca Arkilic

MA in European Politics (Lund University), MA in Political Science (Central European University), BA in International Relations (Dokuz Eylul University)

Ayca Arkilic


I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. My fields of specialization are Comparative Politics and Public Policy. In 2006, I received my BA in International Relations from Dokuz Eylul University (Turkey) as the highest-ranking student. I spent the Spring semester of 2005 as an exchange student at the University of Maastricht (the Netherlands). I earned my first MA in European Politics from Lund University (Sweden) in 2007, and my second MA (with Distinction) in Political Science from Central European University (Hungary) in 2008.

My dissertation examines the impact of the homeland politics on Turkish Islamic organizations in France and Germany. More specifically,  I ask: I) how do the reproduction and reestablishment of religion in Turkey, and Turkey’s recent diaspora politics affect Turkish Islamic organizations’ support for integration in France and Germany? II) how does the host country context spur or deter Turkish Islamic organizations’ attachment to the country of origin? I conducted my dissertation fieldwork in Turkey, France, and Germany between February 2013 and January 2014. 

My research has been supported by the Chateaubriand Fellowship of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Imam Tirmizi Visiting Research Fellowship of the University of Oxford, the Macdonald Dissertation Fellowship of the University of Texas at Austin, and two research grants awarded by the Center for European Studies of the University of Texas at Austin. The European Science Foundation (ESF) award, and the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR) open-pool selection enabled me to attend two key methods workshops in Dublin and in Syracuse in 2013.

I was a Chateaubriand Fellow at Sciences Po-Paris between February-June 2013. I served as a visiting researcher at the Migration, Integration, and Transnationalization research unit of the Berlin Social Science Research Center (WZB) between September 2013-January 2014. I will spend the Spring semester of 2015 at the Center for Islamic Studies of the University of Oxford as an Imam Tirmizi Visiting Fellow.

I have presented my work at several conferences, including the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA), the Council for European Studies (CES), and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) annual meetings. My publications include a forthcoming article that will appear in WZB's Research Quarterly, and an op-ed on immigration politics published by Hürriyet Daily News. Since 2009, I have been serving as a Teaching Assistant for courses on Democratization, Immigration Politics, European Politics, Social Movements, and Latin American Politics in the Department of Government.





Religion and Politics, Political Islam, Immigration, Democratization, European Politics, Middle Eastern Politics
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