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I am an Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute and an Adjunct Professor in University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain. I hold a PhD degree in Political Science from Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), Department of Political Science and International Relations. Right before completing my PhD, I was granted the prestigious “Mercator-IPC Fellowship” in Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University. I also received an MA degree in Political Science from the “Democracy and Government” program of the UAM, as well as an MA degree in Economics from Sabancı University, Istanbul, and a BA in Economics from Hacettepe University, Ankara. My main research areas include: European integration, Euroscepticism, elections to European Parliament, political parties, party systems and elections in Western Europe. In addition, I work on Turkey and Turkey-EU relations.

I taught various courses including “Comparative Politics”, “Elections and Political Behaviour” and “Politics and Government in the European Union” both in English and in Spanish. Prior to my enrollment in the PhD program, I worked for two years in the Economic Development Foundation (IKV), a think tank focusing on the European Union and EU-Turkey relations. I have been a visiting researcher in the European University Institute, Florence and MZES, University of Mannheim. In addition to my academic research, I write articles for various European think tanks, newspapers and periodicals. I am native in Turkish, speak fluent English and Spanish, and learning French.


  • Ph.D. 2011 - 2016

    PhD in Political Science

    Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

  • M.A. 2010 - 2011

    MA in Democracy and Government

    Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

  • M.A. 2006 - 2008

    MA in Economics

    Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey

  • B.S. 2002 - 2006

    BS in Economics

    Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Other Affiliations

  • March 2014 Dec. 2014

    Visiting Scholar

    Universität Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

  • Feb. 2013 July 2013

    Visiting Scholar

    European University Institute, Florence, Italy

  • Sept. 2007 Feb. 2008

    Erasmus Student Exchange

    Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna, Austria

Professional Experience

  • 01.2017 Present

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Madrid, Spain

    Adjunct Profesor

  • 01.2017 Present

    Real Instituto Elcano - Madrid, Spain


  • 11.2015 11.2016

    Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University - Istanbul, Turkey

    Mercator - IPC Fellow

  • 10.2011 10.2015

    Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Department of Political Science and International Relations - Madrid, Spain


  • 09.2008 09.2010

    Economic Development Foundation (İKV) - Istanbul, Turkey


  • 09.2009 12.2009

    Economic Development Foundation (İKV) - Brussels, Belgium

    EU Expert

  • 09.2006 06.2008

    Sabancı University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Istanbul, Turkey

    Teaching Assistant

  • 02.2006 03.2006

    Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, Foreign Relations Department - Ankara, Turkey


  • 06.2004 07.2004

    Turkish Ministry of Treasury and Foreign Trade, International Economic Relations - Ankara, Turkey