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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). 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 diaspora engagement policies on immigrant political participation. More specifically, I ask how Turkey’s increasing engagement with its diaspora affects Turkish immigrant 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 spent 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 published in the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. I have published another article in WZB Mitteilungen (WZB's Research Quarterly), and I have two forthcoming book chapters on the Turkish diaspora in Europe. In addition, I have written opinion pieces on immigration politics in Hürriyet Daily News. I taught "American Government" (lower-division) in the Fall semester of 2014. I will be teaching "Contemporary Politics in the Middle East" (upper-division) during the 2015 summer session.




Religion and Politics, Political Islam, Diaspora Policies, Transnationalism, European Politics, Middle Eastern Politics

GOV S365N • Contemp Politics In Mid East

84155 • Summer 2015
Meets MTWTHF 1130am-100pm PAR 1
(also listed as MES S341 )
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The Middle East has been one of the most turbulent regions of the world since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. The historical wave of revolutions and protests unfolding in the Middle East has raised once again important questions regarding the political challenges facing the region today. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the major political, social and economic challenges and dilemmas facing the modern Middle East. Each week, we will discuss a key issue and concept, such as colonial legacies, state-society relations, the oil economy, authoritarianism, democratization, religion and politics, gender relations, identity and politics, civil society, and the future of the Middle East in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. The course will begin with an overview of the historical, structural, and demographic factors shaping the region. In the second part of the course, we will focus on the broader social, political, and economic themes. Finally, the course will look closely at the unique histories, cultures, and political systems of specific countries.

By the end of this course, students will gain the theoretical and empirical tools to analyze the key developments and political processes pertinent to the contemporary Middle East, and develop their own critical and analytical approach to contextualize the region within wider debates and scholarship of world politics. Detailed analyses of specific countries will help students gain a nuanced and sophisticated understanding of the Middle East, and reach their own conclusions about current events in the Middle East.

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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