From May to September 2014, Dr. Arin was a Visiting Scholar at Middle East Technical University and now currently doing research at Portland State University's Center for Turkish Studies. His research focuses on conservative think tanks in the US and Turkey, US-Turkish relations, EU and US foreign policy towards the Middle East, the democratization in the Middle East with emphasis on Turkey and the Kurdish question. At PSU, the impact of his research will include to propose policy recommendations on how the European Union and the US can support Turkey’s continued democratization and build a deeper working relationship that acknowledges Turkey’s growing importance in world politics as regional power. The research will provide the analytical tools required to examine the changing nature of European, US and Turkish relations. His research will examine the processes of Turkish EU accession bid by analyzing the European and American politics towards this regional power. He will also address the US’ and the EU’s politics towards Ankara and its current concerns, such as democratization with regard to political Islam and free market economics. This approach enables him to develop a theoretical foundation for questions relating to the political Islam and to the impact on the US and on Europe. In his thesis at the University of Munich, he focused on the role of think tanks in U.S. Foreign Policy under the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He is visiting from September 2014-June 2015.
Dr. DOGAN received his B.A. degree in International Relations from Ankara University’s School of Political Science (Mulkiye). He holds an M.A. degree in International Politics from the American University/Washington D.C. and a Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. His doctoral dissertation, entitled “Inis L. Claude and World Order,” proposed a pragmatic-liberal approach to International Relations. Between 2001 and 2011 he taught at Erciyes University, where he also established and chaired the Department of International Relations. Dr. Dogan currently works as a full professor at Anadolu University (Eskisehir-Turkey) and chairs its Department of International Relations. He is a vising scholar for the 2014-2015 academic year at Portland State University (PSU) on a TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) scholarship for conducting research about 21st century Turkish foreign policy at the PSU’s Center for Turkish Studies. His research interests include IR theory, international security, international law and organization, and international ethics. He is visiting from September 2014-February 2015.
Associate Professor Dr. Harun Arikan is a head of department of international relations at Cukurova University where he has been teaching since 2008. Dr. Arikan graduated from Istanbul University; then he received a master degree in European studies from Manchester University and PhD in international relations from Birmingham University. Previously Dr. Arikan served as a chair of department of international relations at Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University. He has been a research fellow at the Oxford University; a visiting scholar at University of Southern Maine and Portland State University in USA. Dr. Arikan has been a member of scientific Associations, including Turkish Associations for European Community Studies (TUNAECS) and European community studies Association in Canada (ECSA-C.). He has published a number of books and articles in European integrations, Turkish foreign policy and democratization. Dr. Arikan is currently working on Turkey-USA relations.
Zeynep Alemdar is Assistant Professor and Head of the International Relations Department at Okan University, Istanbul. She completed her PhD in Political Science, and MA in Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky. Her research interests include transnational social movements, civil society- state relations, and women’s studies.
Dr. Ali Arslan is a professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology, Sakarya University, Turkey. Dr. Arslan has completed both his PhD degree and MA degree at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Arslan served as a chair at the Department of Sociology’s Applied Sociology section as well as a vice chair at Sakarya University.
Besides his academic career, Dr. Arslan has also worked at ARGEDA (research center for development, training and consultancy-specializing in management consultancy and public opinion surveys) which he owned and managed for 10 years. His research interests include organizational behavior, organizational sociology, management sociology, Islamic sociology and teaching methods of sociology.
Dr. Bozkurt is a profressor of Economics at Istanbul University and was visiting scholar through June 2013. His reasearch areas include Sociology of Work and Management, Work Ethic Values, Globalization, Economic Sociology, Entrepeneurship, Organizational Culture and Quantitative Research Methods. Dr. Bozkurt has several published books in Turkish. In addition he has multiple articles, book chapters, and other international scholarly contributions.
Dr. Özdemir is Assistant Professor of Political Science/International Relations at Istanbul University and is visiting scholar through September 2013. She completed both her Ph.D. and MA in Political Science at Istanbul University, and BS in Political Science and Public Administration at Ankara University. Her areas of interest are political sociology, urban sociology, and political theory. She has various articles on cultural difference, identity politics, identities in Turkey, and transformation of public in urban space published in Turkish.
Dr. Şahin is Associate Dean and a faculty member of the Department of Economic Policy at Ankara University. He was a visiting scholar from June-August 2012.