— MA in Government (UT Austin), MA in International Relations (Koc University), BA in Business Administration & International Relations (Beykent University)
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I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas, Austin. I defended my dissertation on April 14th, 2014 and am expecting to receive my doctoral degree as of this semester. My fields of study are comparative politics and political theory. I hold B.A. degrees in International Relations and Business Management from Beykent University (Istanbul, Turkey). I earned an M.A. in International Relations from Koc University (Istanbul, Turkey) and in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.
My doctoral dissertation explores the role that political institutions play in shaping ethno-political mobilizations. My dissertation develops a theory that not only explains the political determinants of ethnic violence and secessionism, but also provides political remedies to such problems. The prescribed theory is explored through the case studies of Kurds and the Roma in Turkey, and Turks in Bulgaria and Cyprus as well as a large-N analysis of the Minorities at Risk dataset. I spent the 2011-2012 academic year in Cyprus (Nicosia and Famagusta) and Turkey (Ankara, Batman, Diyarbakır, Istanbul, and Izmir) to carry out field research. I also carried out field research in Sofia, Bulgaria in the summer of 2013.
My publications include “Ethnic Incorporation Policies and Peripheral Reactions: How are Turkey’s Kurds Treated by the State and How do They Perceive Their Treatment?” (Afro-Eurasian Studies, 2012), “Nationality” (The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014-forthcoming), "Ethnic Incorporation Models and Ethno-political Mobilization Methods" (revise&resubmit at International Studies Quarterly), a number of book reviews in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics and Insight Turkey, and opinion pieces for daily Hurriyet Daily News and Radikal Yeni Söz.
For more information on my research and publications, please see my curriculum vitae.