Political Science and International Relations

Academic Staff

Academic Staff

Full Time Faculty Members


Mustafa Kibaroğlu
Professor & Dean

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kibaroğlu (Ph.D., Bilkent University, International Relations Department, 1996) is currently the Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at MEF University in Istanbul. He used to be the Chair of Department of International Relations at Okan University in Istanbul between September 2011 and July 2014. Prof. Kibaroğlu used to teach courses on “Arms Control & Disarmament” and “Turkish Foreign Policy” in the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara from 1997 to 2011.

Prof. Kibaroğlu was a Research Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva (1995); International Atomic Energy Agency Fellow at the University of Southampton (1996); Post-doctoral Fellow at the Monterey Institute in California (1996/97); and Sabbatical Fellow at the Belfer Center of Harvard University (2004/05).

Prof. Kibaroğlu is the co-author of Global Security Watch – Turkey (2009) by Praegers in the United States, and the co-editor of Defence Against Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism (2010), Bioterrorism: Threats and Deterrents (2010), Responses to Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism (2011), Defence Against Terrorism (2011), and Analysis and Strategies to Counter the Terrorism Threat (2011) by IOS Press in Netherlands.

He is also the author and co-author of numerous chapters in books and articles in academic journals, such as Security Dialogue, Nonproliferation Review, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Middle East Quarterly, Middle East Journal, Brown Journal of World Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies, Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, Turkish Studies, Middle East Policy, and Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies.

Prof. Kibaroğlu is a Council Member of the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize winner Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, and he used to be the Academic Advisor of the NATO Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism (COE-DAT) between January 2006 and January 2013.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Defence Against Terrorism Review (DATR) published by COE-DAT. His research interests are Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, International Terrorism, Middle Eastern politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Turkish Foreign Policy.

Prof. Kibaroğlu speaks French and English and he is married to Prof. Dr. Ayşegül Kibaroğlu (MEF University, Department of Political Science and International Relations) and has one son.
Research interests:
International Security,
WMD Non-Proliferation,
Arms Control,
International Terrorism,
Middle East,
Cyprus Problem,
Turkish Foreign Policy

Personal website: http://www.mustafakibaroglu.com
Email: Mustafa.Kibaroglu@mef.edu.tr
Phone: +90 212 395 3659

Sabbatical: Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., USA, (2004/2005)
Post-Doc: Monterey Institute, Monterey, California, USA (1996/1997)
Ph.D. degree: Bilkent University, Department of International Relations, Ankara (1996)
M.A. degree: Boğaziçi University, Department of Economics, İstanbul (1990)
B.Sc. degree: Boğaziçi University, Department of Industrial Engineering, İstanbul (1987) 


Ayşegül Kibaroğlu
Professor & Chair

Aysegül Kibaroglu is professor and faculty member in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at MEF University Istanbul, Turkey. She acted as a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs in Spring 2016. Previously, she was a faculty member and the Vice Chair of the Department of International Relations at the Middle East Technical University Ankara, Turkey.

Dr. Kibaroglu spent a post-doctoral fellowship in the International Water Law Research Institute at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Her areas of research include: transboundary water politics, international water law, Turkish water policy, political geography and environmental security. Dr. Kibaroglu has published extensively on the politics of water resources with an emphasis on the Euphrates Tigris river basin including a book volume entitled Building a Regime for the Waters of the Euphrates-Tigris River Basin (Kluwer Law International, 2002).

She has co-edited a volume, Water Development and Poverty Reduction, with Olcay Unver and Rajiv Gupta published by the Kluwer Academic Publishers (2003). Her latest co-edited volumes, Turkey’s Water Policy and Water Law and Cooperation in the Euphrates-Tigris Region has been published in 2011 by Springer and in 2013 by Brill, respectively.

She has also published articles in the International Negotiation Journal, Water International, Water Policy, Journal of International Affairs, and the Global Governance. She worked as Advisor to the President of the Southeastern Anatolia Project Regional Development Administration from 2001 to 2003. Prof. Kibaroglu is the founding member of the EuphratesTigris Initiative for Cooperation (ETIC), which was established in May 2005.

Research interests:
Transboundary Water Politics,
International Water Law,
Turkish Water Policy,
Political Geography and Environmental Security

E-mail: aysegul.kibaroglu@mef.edu.tr
Google Scholar Page:
Phone: +90 212 395 3603

Sabbatical: University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, USA, (2016)
Post-Doc: University of Dundee, Department of Law, Scotland, (2001)
Ph.D.degree: Bilkent University, Department of International Relations, Ankara, (1998)
M.A.degree: University of Reading, Graduate School of International Studies, United Kingdom, (1990)
B.Sc. degree: Ankara University, Department of International Relations, (1989)


Beken Saatçioğlu
Professor & Jean Monnet Chair 

Beken Saatçioğlu is Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, MEF University, Istanbul. In August 2020, she was awarded the Jean Monnet Chair under the European Union's Erasmus+ Programme for her project "EU-Turkey Relations in an Era of Differentiated Integration". She holds an M.A. (2003) and a Ph.D. (2009) from the University of Virginia (Dissertation title: “How Does the European Union’s Political Conditionality Induce Compliance? Insights from Turkey and Romania”). She has been a post-doctoral fellow at Freie Universität Berlin’s Kolleg-Forschergruppe (KFG) Research College “The Transformative Power of Europe” (2009-2010), and the Centre for European Integration Research (EIF) in Vienna (2010-2011). Between 2016 and 2019, she participated to the Horizon 2020 FEUTURE (“The Future of EU-Turkey Relations: Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scenarios”) project where she collaborated with the Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and  the University of Cologne to coordinate the project’s final work package. She is the leading author of the FEUTURE final synthesis paper "The Future of EU-Turkey Relations: A Dynamic Association Framework amidst Conflictual Cooperation". 

Before joining MEF University in 2014, Dr. Saatçioğlu taught courses at Boğaziçi University, Altınbaş University, Istanbul Bilgi University and the University of Virginia. Her primary research interests include EU-Turkey relations, European Union conditionality, Europeanization, European foreign policy and Turkish politics. Her work has been published in international edited volumes as well as academic journals including South European Society and Politics, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Democratization, Turkish Studies, Uluslararası İlişkiler (Journal of International Relations) and Insight Turkey.

Research interests:
EU-Turkey relations
EU conditionality 
European foreign policy 
Turkish politics

Personal website: https://mef1.academia.edu/BekenSaatcioglu
Jean Monnet Chairhttps://bekensaatcioglu.wixsite.com/euturdi
Email: beken.saatcioglu@mef.edu.tr
Phone: +90 212 395 36 78

Post-Doc: Centre for European Integration Research (EIF), Vienna (2011)
Post-Doc: Freie Universität Berlin (2010)
Ph.D. degree: University of Virginia, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics (2009)
M.A. degree: University of Virginia, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics (2003)
B.A. degree: Marmara University, Department of International Relations (2000)


Barış Çağlar
Assistant Professor

Barış Çağlar is a faculty member in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at MEF University Istanbul, Turkey. He holds a Ph.D. from International Relations, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. Despite having being institutionally unaffliated, he conducted part of his dissertation research in Yale University and Harvard University. His doctoral dissertation, Changing Alliance and Cooperation Dynamics: Globalization, Nation-State and the Threat, is on inter-state cooperation against transnational terrorism. It studies different contours of globalization, violent non-state actor involvement in international politics and their impact on alignment and alliance behaviors of nation-states.

Dr. Çağlar participated in the weapons of mass destruction training of NATO personnel in Georgia and Greece. He represented Center of Excellence Defense against Terrorism (COE-DAT) of Turkey in international conferences several times. Alongside his think-tank pieces, he got published in Middle East Policy (SSCI), Ortadoğu Analiz (EBSCO), ORIENT Islam-Zeitschrift Fur Geschichte Und Kultur Des Islamischen Orients (GEOBASE, BAS, IPSA, PAIS, SCOPUS); COE-DAT Booklet on Border Security; Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies-ORSAM) and COE-DAT Newsletter.

An advocate of bridge-building among diverse theoretical perspectives, his epistemological line may be seen as 'a thick-realist and thin constructivist'. The qualitative, process-tracing case study is the oft-preferred methodological starting-point. 

Research Interests:
Alliance Theory and Great Power Politics,  
Foreign Policy Analysis, 
Political Theories of Security Studies,
International Security and Geopolitics under Globalization,
Inter-state Counter-Terrorism Cooperation and Discord
Types of Irregular Warfare and Terrorism

Personal websitehttps://tr.linkedin.com/in/barış-çağlar-phd-5703426
E-mail: caglarb@mef.edu.tr
Phone: +90 212 395 3676

Ph.D. degree: Bilkent University, Department of International Relations, Ankara (2010)
M.A. degree: Bilkent University, Department of International Relations , Ankara (2001)
B.Sc. degree: Bilkent University, Department of International Relations , Ankara (1999)


Evrim Görmüş
Assistant Professor

Evrim Görmüş received her B.A in Political Science from Istanbul Bilgi University (2002). She holds a master’s degree from the University of Oxford and a doctoral degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle (2014). Her doctoral dissertation is focused on the state and Islamic business relations in Turkey and Egypt. After having finished her PhD studies, Dr. Görmüş held a TUBITAK Repatriation Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Istanbul Bilgi University from October 2014 to April 2016.  Her post-doc research project examines the impact of the neo-liberal economic development model on the redefinition of social contract between the state and society in Egypt and Tunisia. Dr. Görmüş has been a visiting post-doctoral fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Summer 2016. She previously taught courses at University of Washington, Seattle, Istanbul Bilgi University and Boğaziçi University. Her research interests include Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa, Comparative Politics, Political Islam, State-Society Relations.

Ph.D. degree: Washington Üniversitesi (2014)
M.A. degree: Oxford Üniversitesi (2003)
B. Sc. degree: İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi (2002)


Begüm Uzun
Assistant Professor

Begüm Uzun holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Dr.Uzun's dissertation is titled “Incorporating Youth into the Political Arena: Elite Structures, Elite-Youth Linkages, and Youth (de-)Mobilization in post-1960 Turkey” and investigates the trajectory of youth political activity in Turkey from 1960 up until recently through a comparative-historical analysis.

Her research interests include youth political participation, state-society relations,  political regimes, and Turkish politics. Begüm Uzun has a BA and an MA in Political Science and International Relations from Marmara University and Boğaziçi University, respectively. Before starting to teach at MEF, she taught courses at the University of Toronto and Marmara University.  Dr. Uzun was the principal investigator (with D.Lüküslü and Y. Taşkın) in the research project titled “(The Politics of) Religious-Secular Polarization and Youth in Turkey: The Political Orientations of Muslim and Secular Youth”, which was published as a book in Turkish in 2019. Her work has also been published in an international edited volume (R.Brooks (ed), Student Politics and Protest, International Perspectives, 2017) as well as academic journals of Feminist Studies and POMEPS Studies

E-mail: taskinbe@mef.edu.tr

Research Interests:
Youth Political Participation
Political Regimes
State-Society Relations
Turkish Politics

PhD: University of Toronto, Political Science (2019)
Master’s: Boğaziçi University, Political Science and International Relations (2008)
Bachelor’s: Marmara University, Political Science and International Relations (2005


Cansu Güleç 
Research Assistant

Dr. Cansu Güleç has received her BA degree at Political Science and International Relations Department at Marmara University in 2010; and she completed her MA degree in 2012 as a high-honour student with her thesis "Cultural Diplomacy in Turkey's Relations with the Middle East (2002-2011)". She obtained her PhD at Marmara University at the Department of International Relations with her thesis “Turkish Foreign Policy Analysis of JDP Period: Discourse of Foreign Policy in Regional Conflicts” in May 2018, where she began in 2012. 

During her undergraduate and graduate education, Cansu Güleç worked as assistant at Bahçesehir University Center of Strategic Studies and Marmara University Research Center for International Relations; and between 2012-2014 she worked as a Research Assistant at İstanbul Yeni Yüzyıl University at the Department of International Relations. Her research interests include IR theories, Foreign Policy Analysis, Turkish Foreign Policy, Turkey- Middle East relations.

Research Interests: 
IR Theories,
Foreign Policy Analysis,
Turkish Foreign Policy,
Turkish-Middle East Relations

E-mail: cansu.gulec@mef.edu.tr
Phone: +90 212 395 3610
Ph.D. degree: Marmara Üniversitesi, Department of International Relations, (ongoing)
M.A. degree: Marmara Üniversitesi, Department of International Relations, (2012)
B.Sc. degree: Marmara University, Department of International Relations (2010)

Part Time Academic Staff

Başak Keki

Başak Keki received her B.A. from Bilkent University in American Culture and Literature in 2003. After that she completed her M.A. in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham, in 2005. While pursuing her interdisciplinary research at University of Sussex, she decided to be a philosopher and obtained her second M.A. degree in philosophy. She completed her Ph.D. degree in the same university, in 2014. At MEF, she teaches courses on culture, ethics, philosophy and critical thinking. Other than MEF, she also teaches at Istanbul Bilgi University’s M.A. Program in Cultural Studies. Her research areas are 20. century European philosophy, cultural theory, philosophy of science and aesthetics.  
Ph.D. degree: University of Sussex, Philosophy (2014)
M.A. degree: University of Sussex, Philosophy (2008)
M.A. degree: The University of Nottingham, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies (2005)
B.A. degree: Bilkent University, American Culture and Literature (2003) 

Email:  kekib@mef.edu.


Çetin Eren

Çetin Eren graduated from the Philosophy and Sociology Departments, Boğaziçi University in 2000. He completed his dissertation at the department of sociology, Johns Hopkins University. His dissertation titled "Trajectory of Democracy: Social Origins of Regime Change in Turkey 1908-2014 received the National Science Foundation Dissertation Grant. It is a reconceptualization of the notions of ‘regime’, ‘coups’, and democracy, and an analytical narrative of democracy in the late Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic with a focus on class relations, revolutionary struggles, and coups d’état. 

Currently Dr. Eren teaches at the department of Political Science and International Relations, Marmara University. Over the past decade, he taught several different courses on political economy and development, Turkish political history, social movements, and political theory at Sabancı, Koç, Boğaziçi, and Marmara Universities. The main theme underlying his courses and research can be summarized as the relationship between capitalist development, the social struggles it unleashes and state structures. 

Dr. Eren is one of the founders of Mayısta Yaşam, a cooperative for a better education, that was recognized as Fark Yaratanlar by Sabancı Foundation in 2011.
Ph.D. degree: Johns Hopkins University (2014)
M.A. degree: Johns Hopkins University (2002)
B. Sc. degree: Boğaziçi University, (2000)

Email: bariscetineren@gmail.com


Mehmet Özyürek

Mehmet Ozyurek received his B.A in International Relations from Ege University (2008). He received his Master’s degree in International Relations at the Pennsylvania State University in May 2012 with a particular focus on transnational corporations and the regulation of global corporate conduct.

He holds a doctoral degree in Law from Durham University, 2016. His doctoral dissertation focuses on the role of transparency may have in ensuring corporations behave better towards their employees. The thesis asserts that multinational corporations must take the interests of their employees seriously, by treating them with genuine respect. During his doctoral study at Durham University, he took an active role as a PGR director of a research center within the law school. He currently works at Yalova University Faculty of Law.  

Research Interests:
Regulation of multinational corporations
Business and human rights
International Human Rights law
Transnational Law
Transnational and private governance



Selmin Seda Coşkun

Having graduated from Bilkent University, the department of International Relations, continued to academic studying in Istanbul, -in between for a year she attended as a guest student in Malmö University in Sweden to study on International Relations Theories-, and completed doctoral studying with the dissertation titled ‘Proxy Wars and Its Relations in International Dispute’ in Istanbul University, Faculty of Political Science in 2019. Security, warfare, conflict and conflict resolutions, critical theories, Turkish foreign policy and gender are among her research interests. So far, she has participated in various conferences, workshops and research groups in abroad as both participant and speaker. ‘The Role of Non-state Armed Groups in Changing Nature of Conflict’, ‘International Relations in the Middle East: Regionalism, Sectarianism and Inequality’ are the most recent topics researched on. She has also interested in gender issues; on this basis, she was awarded with the secondary prize for the article of ‘Norm’al Violence: Sexual Autonomy in Turkey’ on the subject of ‘Gender and Law’ received from the Women’s Research and Education Center, Istanbul University in 2015. Still continues to work at a Consulate General in Istanbul as senior researcher in political issues.

Email: selminseda.coskun@gmail.com


Ozan Eren
He was born on December 21, 1984 in Urfa, Turkey. He was graduated from part-time Classical Guitar Department of Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory in 2005, and Bilkent University Management Faculty in 2009. In 2005, during the summertime, he was a participant on the Work& Travel USA. He also studied as an exchange student at Groningen University in the Netherlands for one semester. He completed his MSc in Sociology at Middle East Technical University in 2013. Then, he obtained his doctorate from Sociology Department of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. During his PhD thesis studies, Eren was funded by American Research Institute in Turkey in 2015. Eren also received Sinan Karacadağ Scholarship from Bilkent University, DAKAM Conference Fund and Postgraduate Study Scholarship from Türkiye İş Bankası.
Between September 2017 and June 2018, he worked in the department of Sociology at Gelişim University. Eren also worked as a part time lecturer at İstanbul Technical University (Department of Fine Arts) and Yeditepe University (English Language and Literature Department). Since September 2018, he has been working as an Assistant Professor in the department of Sociology at Maltepe University.  
His first poetry book, Yolun Sonu İnsan, was published by Hayal Yayınları in 2015. His book, Sayıklamalar a musical piece composed for guitar-cello performance – was published by Müzik Eğitimi Yayınları in 2016. A part of Sayıklamalar was put on stage during the 6th Classical Guitar Gathering at the Bilkent Concert Hall between 12 and 15 July 2012.
More recently, Eren has been working on his own compositions with his band, İkinci Perde, while continuing to teach classical guitar and perform as a musician. 

Email: ozaneren84@hotmail.com


Yüksel Taşkın
Prof. Dr.

Yüksel Taşkın is a researcher affiliated with the TUSES Foundation (Social, Economic and Political Research Foundation of Turkey). Between 2002 and 2017 he was a fulltime faculty member at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Marmara University, Istanbul. He was a visitor scholar at the Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University in 1998-99. He also carried out his post-doctoral studies at ISIM (International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World), Netherlands in 2006. He was also a visiting professor at the Buffet Center for International and Comparative Studies, Northwestern University in 2011.

His academic interests are political and intellectual history of Turkey, Nationalism, Conservatism and political Islamism, Society and Politics in the Middle East, Youth and Politics. 

His books are Sosyal Demokrasi ve Din (Social Democracy and Religion), Ankara: Bencekitap, 2016. Siyaseti Anlamak ve Anlamlandırmak (Understanding and Making Sense of Politics), Ankara: Bencekitap, 2016. (with Suavi Aydın), 1960’tan Günümüze Türkiye Tarihi (The History of Turkey from 1960 to the present,İletişim Yayınları, İstanbul, 2014.(Editor) Siyaset, Kavramlar, Kurumlar, Süreçler (Politics: Concepts, Institutions, Processes), İstanbul: İletişim Yayınları, 2014. AKP Devri: Türkiye Siyaseti, İslamcılık ve Arap Baharı (The AKP Era: Turkish Politics, Islamism and the Arab Springİstanbul: Birikim Yayınları, 2013. Anti-Komünizmden Küreselleşme Karşıtlığına: Milliyetçi Muhafazakar Entelijensiya (Nationalist Conservative Intelligentsia in Turkey: From Anti-communism to Anti-globalization)İstanbul: İletişim Yayınları, 2007.

Email: yuxelina@yahoo.com

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