Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Visiting Scholar: Başak Yavçan


Başak Yavçan is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Turkey. She received her Ph.D. from University of Pittsburgh with a focus on comparative politics and international relations and worked as a visiting researcher at New York University. She specializes in comparative political behavior, specifically intergroup relations in the forms of public opinion toward immigration and the European Union (E.U.) and comparative immigrant acculturation attitudes.

Her current research focuses on the intergroup dynamics resulting from the mass influx of Syrian refugees in Turkey, with an emphasis on the societal and political attitudes of Syrian displaced people.

She published several articles, reports, and book chapters on German attitudes toward immigration in relation to Euroskepticism, on public opinion towards Turkish accession in the E.U., on the effect of newspaper frames on Euroskepticism in Germany and Turkey, and on the role of social inclusion in bolstering institutional trust among European Muslims. She has also published on the Europeanization of the Turkish Parliament, state pressures on Turkish media as well as the change and determinants of media criticism of the government in Turkey. She is a member of and reviewer for several academic associations and the regional coordinator of the Turkish non-partisan election monitoring NGO Vote and Beyond.