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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 in the Department of European Studies 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 homeland politics on Turkish Islamic organizations in France and Germany. More specifically,  I ask how the reproduction and reestablishment of religion in Turkey and Turkey’s recent diaspora engagement policies affect Turkish Islamic organizations’ political attitudes and behaviors in France and Germany. 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 at 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 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 Oxford Center for Islamic Studies as an Imam Tirmizi Visiting Fellow.

An article based on my dissertation research has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. I have published an article in the June 2014 edition of WZB Mitteilungen (WZB's Research Quarterly), and I have a forthcoming book chapter on the Alevi diaspora in Europe. In addition, I have written opinion pieces on immigration politics in Hürriyet Daily News. Since August 2014, I have been teaching American Government.




Religion and Politics, Political Islam, Immigration and Emigration Policies, Transnationalism, European Politics, Middle Eastern Politics

GOV 310L • American Government

38680 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm ART 1.110
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This course is an introduction to American government and politics.  While the main focus is on the national level, additional attention is paid to the state and local governments of Texas. Topics will include U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, and public policy issues.

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