Prof. Dr. Hakan Yılmaz – Director
Prof. Dr. Hakan Yilmaz is Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Bogazici University, Istanbul, and the executive coordinator of Bogazici University’s Master of Arts Program in European Studies. He completed his undergraduate education at the Economics Department of Bogazici University (1987). He received his MA (1991) and Ph.D. (1996) degrees at the Political Science Department of Columbia University in New York City. He has taught courses and published works in the areas of contemporary Turkish politics, the culture and identity dimensions of European integration and European-Turkish relations, the international context of democratization, and culture and politics. Dr. Yilmaz has run research projects on Euroskepticism in Turkey (2004); conservatism in Turkey (2006); the political and cultural attitudes of the Turkish middle classes (2007); and the cultural determinants of French and German opposition to Turkey’s accession to the European Union (2009). He is currently conducting a research project on the processes of othering in Turkey and a second one on the European public perceptions of Turkey. He was awarded by the European Commission a Jean Monnet course in the area of “issues of culture and identity in European integration”.
Examples of his recent publications are : Placing Turkey on the Map of Europe (İstanbul: Boğaziçi University Press, 2005); “Islam, Sovereignty, and Democracy: A Turkish View” (Middle East Journal, Vol. 61, No. 3, Summer 2007, pp. 477-493); “Turkish Conservatism and the Idea of Europe” (in Between Europe and the Mediterranean: The Challenges and the Fears, ed. Paul Sant Cassia and Thierry Fabre, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007, pp. 137-161), “Turkish Identity on the Road to the EU: Basic Elements of French and German Oppositional Discourses” (Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, Volume 9, Issue 3, 2007, pp.293-305); “Europeanization and Its Discontents: Turkey, 1959-2007” (in Turkey’s Accession to the European Union: An Unusual Candidacy, ed. Constantine Arvanitopoulos, Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2009, pp.53-64); “The International Context of Democratization” (in Democratization, ed. Christian W. Haerpfer, Patrick Bernhagen, Ronald Inglehart, and Christian Welzel, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2009, pp.92-106).
Defne Kadıoğlu – Assistant
Defne Kadıoğlu has received her Bachelor degree from the Düsseldorf University’s Social Sciences Department in Germany. She continued her studies at the University of Essex’s Human Rights Department where she graduated from with a Masters degree in 2008. Currently Defne Kadıoğlu is pursuing her Ph.D at Boğaziçi University in Political Science and International Relations. Her research interests include Turkish politics, minority policies and political theory.