Curriculum Vitae


2008 - 2013        
PhD - K.U. Leuven Research Council Grant
Doctoral School of Social Sciences, K.U. Leuven, Belgium

2006 - 2007        
MScEcon Degree in Security and Citizenship - Marie-Curie Fellowship
Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom

2004 - 2005        
M.A (DES) in European Studies - Jean-Monnet Scholarship
Institute for European Studies, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium. Distinction Degree.

1999 - 2004        
Bachelor of Arts
Department of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul.

Professional Activities

since 04/2017
Project Coordinator "The Challenges of Migration and Integration", Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale)

04/2015 -04/2017           
Research Fellow – Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Department of Social Sciences, Chair of Comparative Political Sciences and Political Systems of Eastern Europe, Research Lab "Constitutional Politics in Turkey"

05/2014- 10/2015           
Postdoctoral Researcher – European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)
Chair of Comparative Politics, Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences
"God and Caesar in Motion: Changing Boundaries between Religion and Politics in a Pluralizing World", Project funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of Brandenburg / Germany. Coordinator: Prof. Michael Minkenberg

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen
Max Planck Fellow Group "Governance of Cultural Diversity"

02/2012- 03/2013           
Scientific Project Manager – KU Leuven
RELIGARE – FP7 funded research project on religious diversity and secular models in Europe; Coordinator: Prof. Marie-Claire Foblets

01/2008 – 11/2011         
PhD Researcher - KU Leuven
Institute for Migration Law and Anthropology of Law (now Institute for Human Rights)

Associate Research Fellow - Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels

Researcher - INTEC, European Integration Fund
Integration and Naturalisation Tests – the new way to European Citizenship
Belgian experts: Prof. Marie-Claire Foblets and Zeynep Yanasmayan

01/2009 –06/2010          
Researcher - EUCITAC, European Integration Fund
Launch of the EUDO Citizenship observatory
Belgian experts: Prof. Marie-Claire Foblets and Zeynep Yanasmayan


BA Seminar "Law, politics and immigration: Introduction to Law and Society Studies", Department of Anthropology, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.

"Citizenship Politics in Europe", Masters Seminar at the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences, European University Viadrina.

09/2010 - 01/2011          
Teaching Assistant for the Masters Seminar "Migration, Minorities and Multiculturalism". Taught by Prof. Marie-Claire Foblets.

Organisation of Conferences and Workshops

Panel co-convener and co-chair, “Post-2015 refugees in Germany: “Culture of welcome”, solidarity, or exclusion?”, IMISCOE 16th Annual Conference, Understanding International Migration in the 21st Century: Conceptual and Methodological Approaches, Malmö, June 26–28, 2019.

Workshop co-organizer, “Forced Migration, Exclusion, and Social Class”, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany, May 23-24, 2019.   

Panel convener "The mechanisms of exclusion of migrants in Germany", Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung 2nd Conference, Eichstätt, 4-6 October 2018.

Co-organizer, International Conference "Politics and Society in Contemporary Turkey: State, Constitution and Media", Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 4-5 May 2017.

Workshop co-organizer "Decision-making: Courts, Parliaments and Constituent Assemblies", Humboldt University, Berlin, 2 December 2016.

Panel co-convenor and chair "Constitution-Making in Turkey", IPSA 24th World Congress, "Politics in a World of Inequality", Poznan, 23-28 July 2016.

Panel co-convener and chair "Highly-skilled Turkish migrants and second generation in Europe" in the Conference "Turkish Migration in Europe: Projecting the next 50 years", London, 7-9 December 2012.

Organization of the Roundtable "Pros and Cons of Inburgering Policy", presentation of the paper findings "Pros and cons of compulsory 'inburgering': Mapping the views of newcomers in Flanders and in Brussels", KU Leuven, Leuven, 25 March 2011.

Presentations at Conferences and Workshops (Selection)

"Church asylum in Germany: offering semi-legal status and negotiating belief in the ‘migration crisis'", European Sociological Association (ESA) RN 34 Midterm Conference Sociology of Religion, Religions and Identities in the European Migration Crisis, Turin, 29 August-1 September 2018.

"Making sense of highly educated migration from Turkey to Europe: The case for mobility nexuses", International Conference of the Section 'Migration and Ethnic Minorities' of the German Sociological Association (DGS) Once on the move, always on the move? Mobility after Migration, Berlin, 31 May and 1 June 2018.

"Swaying between Exclusion and Inclusion: Turkish Policy towards External Citizens", ECPR General Conference, Oslo, 6-9 September 2017.

Chair of the Panel "Inclusions, Exclusions and the Changing Relations between Citizenship and Communities", ECPR General Conference, Oslo, 6-9 September 2017.

"Procedure Matters: Explaining the Failure of the AUK", IPSA 24th World Congress, Politics in a World of Inequality, Poznan, 23-28 July 2016.

"Europeanization and re-negotiations of religious diversity – the Turkish constitutional reform process", International Conference on Imagining and regulating ethnic and religious diversity in Turkey – Macro-configurations and micro-dynamics, Göttingen, 8-9 July 2016.

"The Failure of Popular Constitution Making in Turkey", ICON-S 2016 Conference, Borders, Otherness and Public Law, Berlin, 17-19 June 2016.

"God and Caesar in Motion. Boundary Shifts between Religion and Politics in Europe", Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA), Diversities Reconsidered, San Francisco, 2-6 September 2015. (with Michael Minkenberg)

"The Return of Religion into Public Life: Boundary Shifts between Religion and Politics in Europe", Fachkonferenz "Das Narrativ von der Wiederkehr der Religionen" des AK Politik und Religion (DVPW), 22-24 July 2015. (with Anja Hennig and Michael Minkenberg)

"Is Europeanization in Turkey alive and kicking? The mobilization of European human rights discourse in the constitution-writing", Council for European Studies, Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures, Paris, 8-10 July 2015.

"Does education 'trump' nationality? The case of highly educated Turkish migrants in Europe", MiReKoc 10th Year Symposium Borders, Mobility, Diversity: Old Questions, New Challenges, Istanbul, 20-21 November 2014.

"Distance is a state of mind": Imagined presence and movement of highly skilled Turkish migrants in Europe, in the Conference "Turkish Migration in Europe: Projecting the next 50 years", London, 7-9 December 2012.

"Ailleurs commence ici: Migration decisions of highly educated Turkish migrants", in the Highly Skilled Migration into the 21st Century Conference, Middlesex University, London, 24-25 May 2012.

"Ailleurs commence ici: Migration decisions of highly educated Turkish migrants" in the session Migration of Professionals and the City, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG), New York, USA, 24-28 February 2012.

"Citizenship policies vs. majority group youth’s policy preferences and citizenship representations: Are national politics in line with public opinion?", 3rd ECPR Graduate Conference, Dublin City University, Dublin, 30 August 2010.

Chair of the Panel "Citizenship and Migrant Political Participation" under the section on Globalisation, Migration and Citizenship, 3rd ECPR Graduate Conference, Dublin City University, Dublin, 30 August 2010.

Reviewer for Journals

Ethnic and Racial Studies
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Global Networks
International Migration
Citizenship Studies
Turkish Studies
New Diversities


Turkish: Native
English: Fluent
French: Fluent 
German: Intermediate

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