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I am an Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute and a Lecturer in University Carlos III of Madrid. 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 “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, European Parliament, political parties, and elections in Europe.

I taught various courses including “Elections and Political Behaviour” and “Politics and Government in the European Union” both in English and in Spanish. Prior to my enrolment 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 and also speak fluent English and Spanish.


  • 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

    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