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I work as an Analyst of European Affairs in Elcano Royal Institute, and as an Adjunct Professor of Political Science in Carlos III University of Madrid. My main research areas include: European integration, Euroscepticism, political parties and elections in Western Europe, Turkish politics and Turkey-EU relations. I am teaching various courses including “Actors and Political Behaviour”, “Comparative Politics” and “Geopolitics of Europe”. 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.

I hold a BA in Economics from Hacettepe University, Ankara and an MA in Economics from Sabancı University, Istanbul. After completing my studies in Economics I worked for more than two years in the Economic Development Foundation (IKV), a think tank focusing on the European Union and Turkey-EU relations. Prior to my enrolment in the PhD program, I obtained an MA in Political Science from the “Democracy and Government” program of the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). In 2016, I completed my PhD degree in Political Science in the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the UAM. During my PhD studies, I have been a Visiting Researcher in the European University Institute (EUI), Italy and University of Mannheim, Germany. Right before completing my PhD, I was granted the prestigious “Mercator-IPC Fellowship” in Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University.


  • 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