Murat Somer

      

 Professor

 polıtıcal scıence &

 International Relations

 Koç University

 Istanbul       

 

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Murat Somer is a Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Koç University specializing in comparative politics and political economy. His research addresses issues related to democratization and authoritarianism, social and political polarization, ethnic conflicts and nationalism, and religious and secular politics across the world, with emphasis on political Islam, Kurds, and the politics of Turkey, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. His writings appeared in books, book volumes and journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Democratization, and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

 

His research on religious and secular elite values and democracy won a Sabancı-Brookings International Research Award in 2009, and his book on the “Turkish and Kurdish Question” was awarded the Sedat Simavi Prize in Social Sciences in 2015. Among other visiting appointments, he was a Democracy and Development fellow at Princeton University in 2010-2011, a Senior Visiting Scholar at Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies in 2013, and a visiting scholar and an associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University in 2016-2017.

 

Somer teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Religion and Secularism in the World, and Authoritarianism and Democracy in the 21st Century. Dr. Somer is a frequent contributor to domestic and international media such as CNN Turk and Euronews on Turkish and regional affairs, and his op-eds and commentaries appeared among other venues in Foreign Policy, New York Times, and T24. A former Mellon post-doctoral fellow on modern ethnic conflicts at the University of Washington in Seattle, Somer holds a BA in Economics from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, and an MA in Economics and a PhD in Political Economy and Public Policy from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.  

 

Contact:

Koç University

Rumelifeneri Yolu Sarıyer 34450

Istanbul, Turkey

Koç University Office: Case 147
Ph. +90-212-338-1646

E-mail: musomer@ku.edu.tr

 

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E-mail: usomer@ku.edu.tr