Murat Somer


 Associate Professor

 polıtıcal scıence &

 International Relations

 Koç University



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Murat Somer is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Koç University specializing in comparative politics and political economy. His research on ethnic conflicts and nationalism, religious and secular politics, democratization, hybrid regimes, political Islam, the Kurdish question, and the politics of Turkey, Middle East and Eastern Europe have been published in books, book volumes and academic journals including The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Comparative Political Studies, Democratization, and The Middle East Journal. 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. He was a visiting scholar and is an associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and, among other visiting appointments, he was the Democracy and Development fellow at Princeton University in 2010-2011 and a Senior Visiting Scholar at Stockholm University in 2013.


Somer teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in comparative politics, political economy, religious and secular politics, and authoritarianism and democracy in the 21st century. Dr. Somer is a frequent contributor to domestic and international media on Turkish and regional affairs and his op-eds appeared among other venues in Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera Turk, and T24. A former Mellon post-doctoral fellow on modern ethnic conflicts at the University of Washington in Seattle, Dr. 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.  



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