Fields of Specialization

Comparative Politics

Scholars of comparative politics systematically study politics across time and places to understand political phenomena. An important asset of our comparative politics faculty is its methodological pluralism and interdisciplinary approach. Our faculty members study a wide range of issues and regions in comparative politics incorporating qualitative and quantitative methods. These fields of study include political institutions, political regimes, citizenship, immigration, nationalism, social movements, welfare policies, political economy, European and Middle Eastern Politics.

Faculty Members in the Comparative Politics Field:

H. Tolga BĂ–LĂśKBAĹžI: Comparative and international political economy, Comparative labor markets and welfare states, Politics and policy in the EU, and ‘Europeanization’ of economic and social governance

Çerağ Esra ÇUHADAR: Conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation processes, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Political psychology, Foreign policy decision making.

Ioannis N. GRIGORIADIS: Comparative and international politics, European, Balkan and Turkish politics, Democratization, Nationalism, Energy

Aida JUST: Comparative political behavior of mass publics, Public opinion, and Political parties, especially with respect to the issues of democratic representation, political legitimacy, and international migration.

Saime ÖZÇÜRÜMEZ: Comparative politics, European politics, Policy, Politics and Governance of the European Union, Immigration law and policy, Social movements, Comparative health policy and politics

Meral UĞUR ÇINAR: Citizenship, Nationalism, Democratization, Collective memory, Neopatrimonialism, Social movements, Gender, European and Middle Eastern Politics.

Turkish Politics

Our department enjoyed an international reputation for offering the best Turkish politics core program in the world and we are committed to maintaining that edge. We attract students from Europe and North America, PhD candidates who seek to combine methodological precision and interdisciplinary approach with a rigorous training in modern Turkish politics. POLS faculty members, who focus mainly on Turkish politics, have supervised dissertations on a broad range of topics including—but not limited to—Turkish political history and thought, civil-military relations, religion and state, political economy, nationalism and citizenship, Kurds in Turkey, urban studies, right-wing politics and movements, political parties, gender politics, and memory studies.

Faculty Members in the Turkish Politics Field:

Ä°lker AYTĂśRK: Nationalism, Sociolinguistics, Intellectual history, Israeli politics, Turkish politics.

Berrak BURÇAK: Ottoman/Turkish Political and Social history, Women’s studies.

Alev ÇINAR: Intellectual foundations of politics, Nationalism, Formation of the national subject in relation to ethnicity, gender, religion (Islam), class; Nation-building, Modernity, Secularism, and Islam in Turkey.

Ioannis N. GRIGORIADIS: Comparative and international politics, European, Balkan and Turkish politics, Democratization, Nationalism, Energy

Metin HEPER: Turkish politics; Secularism and politics, Religion and politics, Civil-Military relations, Nationalism, Political parties, Public bureaucracy.

BaĹźak Ä°NCE: Turkish politics, Conflict resolution, Comparative politics, Civic education, Citizenship.

Zeki SARIGÄ°L: Institutional theory, Institutional change, Path dependence, Civil-military relations, Ethnonationalism, Turkish politics

Meral UĞUR ÇINAR: Citizenship, Nationalism, Democratization, Collective memory, Neopatrimonialism, Social movements, Gender, European and Middle Eastern Politics.

Social and Cultural Studies

The Social and Cultural Studies subfield allows us to bring together other fields of social sciences ranging from social theory, sociology and anthropology to history, urban studies, comparative literature, gender studies and political psychology. In addition to enriching and expanding our faculty research areas and our international collaboration possibilities, this interdisciplinary formation allows us to offer diverse courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Since this is a diverse field, our goal is to establish a relatively small but dedicated community of researchers (both faculty and graduate students) who focus on cutting edge areas of research with a cross-cultural orientation.

Faculty Members in the Social and Cultural Studies:

Alev ÇINAR: Intellectual foundations of politics, Nationalism, Formation of the national subject in relation to ethnicity, gender, religion (Islam), class; Nation-building, Modernity, Secularism, and Islam in Turkey.

Tahire ERMAN: Urban studies, Politics of space, Migration studies, Gender studies, Civil society, Social movements, Urban geographies of conflict and resistance.

NilgĂĽn Fehim KENNEDY: Architecture, Higher education, Violence, Ethics in everyday life, Gender studies.

Daniel JUST: Literature and politics, Literary social theory, Sociology of art, European intellectual history.

Nedim KARAKAYALI: Social theory, History of social and political thought, Sociology of music and culture, Science and technology Studies, Strangers, Strangeness and Social Distance, The Self in modern society, Biopolitics.

Zerrin TANDOÄžAN: Transnational cultures, Interculturalism, Cosmopolitan education, Cosmopolitanisms, Research ethics.

Political Theory

The field of political theory deals with the fundamentals of the study of politics. At Bilkent we draw on both analytical and continental styles of philosophy, attempting to maintain a broad view of both political philosophy and the history of political thought. Courses cover ancient, medieval and modern periods, but always with a view to contemporary relevance. Faculty and students in the department specialize in the aesthetics of politics, human rights, Ottoman political theory, modern ideologies, the tension between philosophical and historical understandings of politics, and the state.

Faculty Members in the Political Theory Field:

James ALEXANDER: Political philosophy, the history of political thought, Political ideologies, Theories of the state, Theories of imperialism and cosmopolitanism.

Banu HELVACIOÄžLU: Modern political theory, History of political thought, Continental political philosophy, Aesthetics of politics.