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I am Analyst of European Affairs in Elcano Royal Institute and CATS Fellow at German Institute for International and Security Studies. My main research areas include European integration, Euroscepticism, political parties and elections in Western Europe, global trends of democracy and authoritarianism, Geopolitics of Europe and transatlantic relations, Turkish politics and Turkish foreign policy. In addition, throughout the years I have been teaching various courses including “Actors and Political Behaviour”, “Comparative Politics” and “Geopolitics of Europe” in in Carlos III University of Madrid.

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 same university. Right before completing my PhD, I was granted the prestigious Mercator-IPC Fellowship in Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University. I have been a Visiting Researcher in European University Institute (EUI), University of Mannheim, and Brookings Institution. I am a Fellow of Transatlantic Relations Initiative of IE University and serve as a Board Member of Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA). 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

  • 10.2020 Present

    German Institute of International and Security Affairs (SWP) - Berlin, Germany

    CATS Fellow

  • 01.2017 Present

    Real Instituto Elcano - Madrid, Spain


  • 01.2017 Present

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Madrid, Spain

    Adjunct Profesor

  • 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