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I am a Senior Lecturer of Politics and International Relations at Aston University and a Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies (CIS), University of Oxford. Prior to joining Aston University, I was an Associate Professor at Istanbul Bilgi University.

After completing my PhD in politics at the University of Virginia, I have worked on regime change and consolidation, democratization, civil-military relations and coup d’états. I published numerous articles on these subjects, covering Turkish, Greek and other Southern European countries from a comparative perspective in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals. 

My book, Between Military Rule and Democracy: Regime Consolidation in Greece, Turkey, and Beyond (University of Michigan Press, 2017), asks how authoritarian and democratic regimes originate in countries where the military is a significant political actor. The book also deals with the question of why the armed forces sometimes intervene in politics via short-lived coup d’états, at other times establish or support longer-term authoritarian regimes, and in some cases come under the democratic control of the civilians. To find answers, I examine six episodes of authoritarianism, six periods of democracy, and twelve short-lived coups with various degrees of success in Greece, Turkey, Thailand, and Egypt. Basing my findings on more than 150 interviews with Greek and Turkish elites, I offer a detailed analysis of both countries from the interwar period to the recent regime crises and apply the theory derived from these cases to the contemporary military interventions in Thailand and Egypt. 

For more information on the book, you can watch these videos:

About the book

Book Launch -ESC, St Antony's College, Uni of Oxford

You can also find information on my Field Research Experience that formed the basis of this book on this website.

Aside from Between Military Rule and Democracy, I am also the author of a Turkish-language short book on the changes in Turkish civil-military relations in the first decade of the 2000s. You can find a list of my other publications and download some of my articles by following the Publications link of this website. My research and publications have been recognized by the Science Academy with a Young Scientist Award (BAGEP) in 2016 given to promising Turkish scientists.

I am currently working on a new research project on Turkey-UK Relations from 1973 to Brexit, supported by the British Institute at Ankara. You can find more information on this project in the Projects & Field Research page.

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