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Meral Uğur Çınar

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2012. Turkish politics, comparative politics, political regimes, political institutions, populism, political narratives, collective memory, social movements, gender

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E-Mail: meral.ugur@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: 0312 290 2066
Office: AZ 27A



  • M. Uğur-Çınar, Memory, Patriarchy and Economy in Turkey, Edinburgh University Press (2024).
  • M. Ugur-Cinar, Collective Memory and National Membership, Palgrave Macmillan, (2015).

Book Chapters

  • M. Ugur-Cinar, “Populism and Collective Memory,” Populism Interviews: A Dialogue with Leading Experts, L. Manucci (Ed.), Routledge (2022).
  • M. Ugur-Cinar, R.M. Smith, “Narrative Structures and the Politics of Peoplehood”, Political Peoplehood: The Roles of Values, Interests, and Identities, pp.66-91, Chicago: University of Chicago Press (2015).
  • M. Ugur-Cinar, R.M. Smith, “Nation-Building Narratives: Implications for Immigrants and Minorities”, The Nation State and Immigration The Age of Population Movements, A. Shapira, Y.Z. Stern, A. Yakobson, L. Orgad (Eds.), pp. 1-30, Sussex Academic (2015).

Journal Publications

  • M. Ugur-Cinar, F. Yol, “Constitutive representation of womanhood: An examination of legitimation strategies used by Turkish female deputies during the headscarf debate”, Journal of Language and Politics, Published online before print (2023).
  • M. Ugur-Cinar, A. Acikgoz, B. Esen, “Party Change and Cleavage Shifting in the Global South: The Case of Ecevit’s CHP”, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, Published online before print (2023).
  • M. Ugur-Cinar, “Elections and Democracy in Turkey: Reconsidering Competitive Authoritarianism in the Age of Democratic Backsliding”, The Political Quarterly, 94, 445-451 (2023).
  • M. Ugur-Cinar, A. Acikgoz, “Social Democracy at the Crossroads in Turkey: Global Questions, Local Answers”, European Legacy, 28(6), 615-638 (2023).
  • K. Cinar, M. Ugur-Cinar, A. Acikgoz, “Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP): A Longue Durée Analysis,” Turkish Studies, 24(2), 205-230 (2023).
  • M. Ugur-Cinar, K. Cinar, S. Akyuz, E. Onculer-Yayalar, “The Political Economy of Women’s Cooperatives in Turkey: A Social Reproduction Perspective”, Gender, Work and Organization, Published online before print (2022).
  • M. Ugur-Cinar, G. Sensonmez, “Making Sense of Senseless Times: Autobiographical Narratives and Identity in Ülkücü Memoirs”, Politics, Religion, and Ideology, 23(3), 327-348 (2022).
  • K. Cinar, S. Akyuz, M. Ugur-Cinar, E. Onculer-Yayalar, “Faces and Phases of Female Empowerment: Women’s Cooperatives in Turkey”, Social Politics, 28, 778-805 (2021).
  • M. Ugur-Cinar, B.U. Altinok, “Collective memory and the populist cause: The Ulucanlar Prison Museum in Turkey”, Memory Studies., 1-21 (2021).  PDF
  • M. Ugur-Cinar, K. Cinar, T. Kose, “How Does Education Affect Political Trust?: An Analysis of Moderating Factors”, Social Indicators Research, 152, 779-808 (2020).  PDF
  • M. Ugur-Cinar, C. Gunduz-Arabaci, “Deliberating in difficult times: lessons from public forums in Turkey in the aftermath of the Gezi protests”, British J of Middle Eastern Studies, 47, 224-246 (2020).  PDF
  • K. Cinar, M. Ugur-Cinar, “What the City Has to Offer: Urbanization and Female Empowerment in Turkey”, Politics and Gender, 14, 235-263 (2018).  PDF
  • K. Cinar, M. Ugur-Cinar, “The Effects of Executive Constraints on Political Trust”, Democratization, 25, 1519-1538 (2018).  PDF
  • M. Ugur-Cinar, “Embedded Neopatrimonialism: Patriarchy and Democracy in Turkey”, Social Politics, 3, 324-343 (2017).  PDF
  • M. Ugur-Cinar, “Letter from Ankara”, Political Quarterly, 86, 359-363 (2015).  PDF
  • K. Cinar, M. Ugur-Cinar, “Building Democracy to Last: The Turkish Experience in Comparative Perspective”, Mediterranean Politics, 20, 342-363 (2015).  PDF
  • M. Ugur-Cinar, “When Defense Becomes Offense: The Role of Threat Narratives in the Turkish Civil War of the 1970s”, Turkish Studies, 15, 1-11 (2014).
  • M. Ugur-Cinar, K. Cinar, “The Second International: The Impact of Domestic Factors on International Organization Dysfunction”, Political Studies, 62, 669-685 (2014).  PDF
  • M. Ugur-Cinar, “Construction of Gender and National Identity in Turkey: First Lady Images in the Turkish Media (2002-2007)”, Middle Eastern Studies, 5, 482-492 (2014).