Turkish Studies

Keyman Visiting Professors


Headshot of Leyla NeyziLeyla Neyzi (PhD, Cornell University, 1991) is based at Sabanci University in Istanbul. Her areas of interest include oral history, memory studies, European and Middle Eastern ethnography, nationalism and minorities, transnational youth and social movements.




Basak headshotBaşak 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.


Arsel headshotMurat Arsel is a broadly trained human geographer, specialized in the political economy of environmental change and societal transformation, paying particular attention to natural resource conflicts, rural and agrarian development, and state-society relationships. Much of his empirical has focused on Turkey, with developing interests in (Western) China and Latin America (particularly Ecuador). He received his PhD from Cambridge in the Environment, Society and Development research cluster of the Department of Geography. He also has an MPhil in Environment and Development from Cambridge, an MSc in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Economics and Government from Clark University. Before taking up his current position at the ISS in Netherlands, he was based at the University of Chicago as a Lecturer and Research Associate in Environmental Studies. He is currently a member of the editorial board of the interdisciplinary development studies journal Development and Change.


Soli Özel headshotSoli Özel is a professor of international relations and political science at Istanbul Kadir Has University. He is currently Fisher Family Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. Professor Ozel received his B.A. at Bennington College, M.A. from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Ozel taught at U.C. Santa Cruz, SAIS, University of Washington, Hebrew University, and Bogazici University in Istanbul. He was a fellow at St. Antony's College at Oxford in the spring of 2002, and he was a senior visiting fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies in the fall of the same year. Ozel's articles and opinion pieces appear in a wide variety of leading newspapers in Turkey and elsewhere around the world. Currently, he is a columnist for Haberturk newspaper, a frequent contributor to The Washington Post's "Post Global", and the former editor of the Turkish edition of Foreign Policy. Most recently, he co-authored the report Rebuilding a Partnership: Turkish- American Relations For a New Era? with Dr. Suhnaz Yilmaz and Abdullah Akyuz.


Meltem Ahiska headshotMeltem Ahiska is associate professor of sociology at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. Her current research is on the emergence of Turkey as a nation-state in particular, and the nature of modernity in general. Her earlier research addresses the forms of communication developed by the Turkish governing elite in the first half of the twentieth century to “Westernize” the country and to create a national community where in fact none existed. She has published a book of poems, Havalandırma ,and co-curated exhibitions. In addition to her many articles, essays, and poems, she is the author most recently of Occidentalism in Turkey: Questions of Modernity and National Identity in Turkish Radio Broadcasting.


Cem Behar headshotCem Behar (2011) is a Professor of Economics and Vice-President in charge of Academic Affairs at Boðaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. He has a double scholarly identity: his publications on late Ottoman social and family history include Istanbul Households, Marriage, Family and Fertility 1880–1940 (Cambridge, 1991). As a musicologist and historian of Ottoman music he has authored many scholarly publications: Ali Ufkî ve Mezmurlar (Istanbul, 1990), Zaman, Mekân, Müzik – Klasik Türk Musikisinde Eðitim (Meþk), Ýcra ve Aktarým (Istanbul, 1993) and Aþk olmayýnca meþk olmaz (Istanbul, 2003). He will teach two courses in spring 2011: Cities and Societies in the Middle East (WCAS) and a seminar on non-Western Musical traditions (Bienen School of Music), with a particular focus on Turkey and the Middle East.


Şule Kut headshotŞule Kut (2010) is dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in Istanbul Bilgi University. Her teaching and research interests include foreign policy analysis, Turkish foreign policy with emphasis on the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Turkish-EU and Turkish-U.S. relations as well as Balkan politics. She is the author of four books and more than thirty articles in English and Turkish. Kut is the president of the Turkish Political Science Association and an elected member of the Executive Committee of the International Political Science Association. She received her MA and PhD in political science from the State University of New York in Binghamton. Kut is teaching a course on Turkish Politics and a course on Turkish Foreign Policy in the winter quarter. She gave the talk What is So New About “New Turkish Foreign Policy”? at the Faculty & Fellows Colloquium.


Sibel Bozdoğan headshotSibel Bozdoğan has taught architectural history and theory courses at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, MIT, and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She has served as the director of liberal studies at the Boston Architectural Center and teaches in the Graduate Architecture Program of Bilgi University in Istanbul. Her interests range from cross-cultural histories of modern architecture in Europe, the United States, the Mediterranean and the Middle East to critical investigations of technology, modernity and national identity as they have informed the culture and production of architecture in Turkey and across the globe. She has published articles on these topics, co-authored a monograph on Turkish architect Sedad Hakki Eldem, and co-edited an interdisciplinary volume, Rethinking Modernity and National Identity in Turkey. Her Modernism and Nation Building: Turkish Archi­tectural Culture in the Early Republic (University of Washington Press) won the 2002 Alice Davis Hitchcock Award of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Koprulu Book Prize of the Turkish Studies Association. Bozdoğan taught two courses at Northwestern, a lecture course on “Modern Architecture and National Identity: Ottoman/Turkish Case in Global Context” and a seminar on “Istanbul: From Imperial Capital to Global City.” She also presented at a Buffett Institute Faculty & Fellows Colloquium; her talk was titled Urban Landscapes of Global Modernity in Istanbul.


Sevket Pamuk's photoŞevket Pamuk (2008) is one of the most prominent historians of Ottoman and Turkish economic history. He is a professor of economics and economic history at the Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History, which is part of Bogaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. His publications in English include: Ottoman Empire and European Capitalism, 1820-1913: Trade, Investment, and Production (1987); History of Middle East Economies in the Twentieth Century (1998); Mediterranean Response to Globalization before 1950 (2000), co-edited with Jeffrey G. Williamson; and Monetary History of the Ottoman Empire (2000). Professor Pamuk’s two courses at Northwestern were “Turkey and Modernity,” offered through the Department of History, and “Economic History of the Middle East Since 1800,” offered by the Department of Economics. His presentation at the Buffett Institute Faculty and Fellows Colloquium was Export Oriented New Industrial Centers across Anatolia.


Yeşim Burul Seven (2007) served as an adjunct professor of media and communications at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey, where she taught cultural studies, film studies and mass communication theories. Her research defines and analyses the new cultural space created by young filmmakers, musicians and authors of Turkish origin in Germany. Additional research interests include the formation and representation of cultural identities and popular music studies. She is a founding member of NECS, the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies. She has published articles on Turkish-German cinema, migrant filmmakers & musicians and Turkish popular culture. She has also been a film critic and radio producer/presenter in Istanbul, writing for monthly film magazines and producing the weekly radio show “Sinefil” at Açk Radyo (Open Radio). Seven taught two courses during spring 2007: “Identities in Turkish Film and Television” and “Turkish Cinema.” She also presented her work on Turkish cinema at a Buffett Institute Faculty & Fellows Colloquium.


Haldun Gülalp , the inaugural Keyman Visiting Professor, was professor of sociology at Bogaziçi University in Istanbul. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Ankara and a PhD in sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He has written a large number of books and articles in both Turkish and English, including Kimlikler Siyaseti: Türkiye'de Siyasal İslamın Temelleri (Politics of Identities: Foundations of Political Islam in Turkey). He taught two courses in spring 2006. The first, “Islam and Secularism: Iran and Turkey,” was team-taught with Fariba Zarinebaf in the Department of History. The other course, cross-listed between sociology and political science, was called “Religion and Nationalism.” In 2007, Haldun Gülalp became the Director of the Center for Global Studies at the Yıldız Technical University in Istanbul.


Ahmet Evin (2005), the founding dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabanci University, received his BA in English and Comparative Literature in 1966 and his PhD in Middle East Studies and Cultural History in 1973 from Columbia University. Prior to his appointment at Sabanci University, he taught at New York University, Harvard University, Hacettepe University (Ankara), University of Pennsylvania (where he also served as director of the Middle East Center), University of Hamburg, and Bilkent University in Ankara (where he headed the Department of Political Science). As director of education of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, a Geneva-based international development foundation, he coordinated the program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and assisted in the development of architectural education in Asia and Africa. With the European Commission's support, Evin initiated a policy dialogue on the future of European architecture, EU's eastward expansion, its Mediterranean policy, and the customs union agreement with Turkey. He currently works on current foreign policy issues related to the European enlargement, its significance for Turkey and the region as well as its effect on Transatlantic relations.