Let us first introduce academics on the Executive Board of Koç University Social Policy Center.

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Fatoş Gökşen (KÜ-SPM Director, Department of Sociology)

Our director Fatoş Gökşen has completed her Ph.D. in 1995, in the Annenberg School for Communications of University of Pennsylvania. Among her research fields are gender-based inequalities in education, structural problems within the education system, media studies and studies on cultural boundaries. She published research reports and articles on school drop-outs in primary education, citizenship and democracy and environmental sociology. (e-mail: | phone: +90 212-338 1311)

Deniz Yükseker

Deniz Yükseker got her doctorate degree from SUNY-Binghamton in 2000. In her work she focuses on labor studies, social exclusion, informal economy, and international migration and internal dislocation. She published book chapters, research reports and journal articles on informal “suitcase trade” between Russia and Turkey, internal dislocation of Kurds and African refugees in Turkey. She is a member of the executive board of the journal New Perspectives on Turkey.

Lemi Baruh (Department of Media and Visual Arts)

Lemi Baruh got his MA (2003) and Ph.D. (2007) from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Among his research interests are media technologies, communication policies and the psychology of communication. In his work, he focuses on the impact of surveillance technologies on society, social policies on the protection of private life, intellectual rights and liberties, tendencies of voyeurism in contemporary society and the effect of these tendencies on media consumption behavior. Baruh received the 2011 TÜBA-GEBİP Award in the field of communication. He edited two books: (with Ji Hoon Park) Reel Politics: Reality Television as a Platform for Political Discourse (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010) and (with Banu Baybars Hawks) If It Was Not For Terrorism: Crisis, Compromise and Elite Discourse in the Age of “War on Terror” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011). (e-mail: | website | phone: +90 212-338 1133)

Zeynep Cemalcılar (Department of Psychology)

Zeynep Cemalcılar received her Ph.D. degree in 2003, from University of Texas, Department of Educational Psychology. In her work, she focuses on the application of social psychology in the field o education, volunteerism and acculturation. Recently, in her research studies on education issues in Turkey, she investigated the effects of the school as a site for socialization on children’s success and their school attendance. Her research on this topic was published in journals in English and Turkish. (e-mail: | phone: +90 212-338 1515)

Ali Çarkoğlu (Department of International Relations)

Ali Çarkoğlu received his Ph.D. from SUNY-Binghamton, in 1994. His research is centered around issues of behavioral political science. He completed studies on voting behavior, on public opinion and political parties. On research topics like choices of university students, religiosity, political Islam and its relation to political behavior, charity in Muslim societies, corruption, informality, attitudes towards the EU, he conducted field research funded by organizations like TÜBİTAK, USIP, Ford Foundation, Nuffield Foundation and Open Society Institute. Since its establishment, he is a member of the editorial board of the journal Turkish Studies. He has two books co-authored with Ersin Kalaycıoğlu: Turkish Democracy Today: Elections, Protest and Stability in an Islamic Society (I. B. Tauris, 2007) and The Rising Tide of Conservatism in Turkey (Palgrave, 2009). With Kalaycıoğlu, he is preparing to publish Fragile but Resilient: Turkish Electoral Dynamics in Comparative Perspective in 2012. (e-mail: | phone: +90 212-338 1867)

Murat Ergin (Department of Sociology)

Murat Ergin received his Ph.D. degree in Sociology at the University of Minnesota in 2005. He serves in the editorial board of Contemporary Sociology. Ergin works on sociology of culture, popular culture, sociology of deviance, and death. On these topics, he published in journals like Social Science Quarterly, History of the Human Sciences and Death Studies. Between 2009 and 2011, he directed a TUBITAK-sponsored research project, entitled “The Construction of Cultural Boundaries: Relations between Cultural, Socio-Economic and Moral Status Symbols in Turkey.” (e-mail: | phone: +90 212-338 1411)

Özlem Altan Olcay (Department of International Relations)

Özlem Altan Olcay has a Ph.D. degree (2006) from New York University, Department of Political Science. She focuses on elite networks in the Middle East, citizenship practices, women’s studies and labor studies. She is also a member of the executive boards of MireKoc and Koç University Center for Gender Studies. (e-mail: | phone: +90 212-338 1617)


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