Professor Birol Yesilada

Birol Yesilada (Ph.D. 1984, University of Michigan) is Professor of Political Science and International Studies, holds an endowed chair in Contemporary Turkish Studies, and is Director of the Center for Turkish Studies. He teaches courses on the European Union, international political economy, decision-making, and Turkish politics.

Previously, he was Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Professor Yesilada is the principal investigator for the World Values Survey project in Cyprus and has served as Co-editor-in-Chief of International Studies Perspectives and Associate Editor of The Middle East Studies Bulletin.

His books include: EU-Turkey Relations in the 21st Century (Routledge: 2013), Islamization of Turkey Under AKP Rule (co-edited with Barry Rubin, Routledge: 2012), Comparative Political Parties and Party Elites: Essays in Honor of Samuel J. Eldersveld (University of Michigan Press, 1998), and The Emerging European Union (with David M. Wood, 5th ed. Longman: 2010).

He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on European integration, Human Development Dynamics Theory, international political economy, political development in Turkey, rise of political Islam, the Cyprus problem, and foreign policymaking. His academic curriculum vitae may be viewed here.

His most recent research projects include World Values Survey, Power Transition Theory, Rise of Islamist Political Forces in Turkey, and the EU-Turkey relations. Professor Yesilada has been a consultant to various policy think tanks and agencies of the U.S. Government, Baclays Capital, Booz Allen Hamilton, Nathan Associates, and the World Bank. An active Rotarian for twenty years, he was Co-Chair and Organizer of Rotary District 5100 Peace Conference in June 2012.