Turkish Studies

Visiting Scholars


Sevda Alankuş, visiting scholar, is a graduate of Faculty of Political Science, Ankara University and holds degrees in Political science (Ph.D.) and in Communication Studies (Professorship). Her recent research covers issues of feminist media criticism, alternative media and news reporting. She published the Peace Journalism Handbook (2017) and was the editor of a journalism handbook series that included the Human, Women, Children’s Right-based Journalism (2007, 2012). Her recent article “Rethinking Peace Journalism Theory with Feminist Criticism and Ethics” is forthcoming in a book by Brill Publications. Her co-authored works focus on Turkish series in the global media market, discourse analysis of Turkish Cypriot media from a peace journalism point of view and textual analysis of nationalist Turkish Cypriot narrations. Alankuş is currently teaching at the Department of New Media, Kadir Has University, Istanbul.

Senem Aslan, visiting scholar, is Associate Professor of Political Science at Bates College. Her book Nation-Building in Turkey and Morocco: Governing Kurdish and Berber Dissent was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. She teaches courses on Middle East politics, state-building, and nationalism. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University between 2008 and 2010. She has published articles in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and the European Journal of Turkish Studies. Her recent research focuses on the politics of symbolism and imagery in Turkey.

Koker headshotHüseyin Levent Köker, research associate, is a graduate of Ankara Law School and holds a PhD in political science. He was previously Hans Speier Visiting Professor in the New School for Social Research. Currently working on a critical re-interpretation of constitutional politics in Turkey, Köker’s research interests include constitution-making and post-national constitutionalism, democratic political theory, secularism, nationalism, multiculturalism, and cosmopolitanism. His publications include Modernization, Kemalism and Democracy (2009), Two Different Conceptions of Politics (2008), and Democracy, Critique, and Turkey (2008). Some of his articles has been published in Political Theory, The Annals of the AAPSS, and Constellations. He was a contributor to “Contested Sovereignties, Government and Opposition in Middle Eastern and European Perspectives,” edited by E. Özdalga and S. Persson (London, 2010) and “Islam and Political-Cultural Europe,” edited by C. W. Durham and D. Kirkham (London, 2012). 

Ozdem headshotSenem Yildirim-Ozdem, visiting scholar, is an assistant professor of political science and public administration at Antalya AKEV University, Turkey. Her research mainly focuses on the public-private divide in contemporary political theory, the gendered nature of this dichotomy, and the concepts of social, political, and civil society. Her publications have appeared in journals such as British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (2017), Theory in Action (2016), The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms (2014) and Southeast European and Black Sea Studies (2011). She received her doctorate in political science in 2011 from Turkey’s Bilkent University, where she also completed her undergraduate degree. She was previously a visiting researcher at UIC. 


Fatih Turmenoglu headshotFatih Turkmenoglu, visiting scholar, is a well-known journalist on human interest stories and TV host in Turkey. Turkmenoglu studied at Bosphorus University and received his bachelor's degree in psychological counseling. After completing a certificate program at NYU (New York), he started working for newspapers and magazines in Istanbul. His television career started in 1996, reporting for CNN International from Turkey and hosting a widely followed travel show on CNN TURK for more than 10 years. Between 2001–03 he worked as the CNN International reporter and producer in Turkey for the region. He is a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship alumnus and has produced and hosted more than 1,000 television shows, traveled to over 80 countries, written three books, and co-authored a travel book.