Birol Yesilada

Urban Center 650H
Phone: 503-725-3257
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Birol Yesilada

Professor of Political Science and International Studies
Contemporary Turkish Studies Endowed Chai
B.A in Neurobiology, University of California at Berkeley
M.A. in Political Science San Francisco State University
Ph.D. in Political Science University of Michigan.


Birol A. Yeşilada is professor of Political Science and International Studies at Portland State University (PSU). He is also holder of the endowed chair in Contemporary Turkish Studies and Director of the Center for Turkish Studies in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. He came to PSU in September 1998 from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was Chair of the Department of Political Science.


His current research interests include: Global power transition, World Values Survey (Cyprus), the European Union, political and economic development of Turkey, radical Islam and terrorism, the Cyprus negotiations and international conflict resolution, and politics of economic reform in the emerging markets.


His recent publications include several books, EU-Turkey Relations in the 21st Century, Islamization of Turkey Under the AKP, The Emerging European Union, Comparative Political Parties and Party Elites, The Socioeconomic and Political Transformation of Turkey, Agrarian Reform in Reverse: Food Crisis in the Third World, and over 30 articles and book chapters. His is the former co-editor-in-chief of International Studies Perspectives and former Associate editor of Middle East Studies Association Bulletin.


Dr. Yeşilada has been an invited policy consultant at various Departments of the US government, the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the RAND Corporation, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Nathan Associates, Barclays Capital, the World Bank, and is an Academic Associate of the Atlantic Council. He was invited by the White House to take part in a panel study at the RAND Corporation on “Politics and Islam in the New Constitution of Afghanistan” as part of the commission that drafted the new Constitution of that country.

Dr. Yesilada received numerous awards and grants including the Fulbright fellowship and a grant from the Joint Committee on the Middle East of the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council. At the University of Missouri, he received a campus-wide William T. Kemper Fellowship in Teaching Excellence in 1996. He is the past-president of the Rotary Club of Tigard, Oregon and president of the Rotary Club of Tigard Foundation, past New Generations Committee Chair of Rotary District 5100, co-chair of District 5100 Peace Conference and is Peacebuilder Clubs Committee Chair for 2012-13.

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