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Ayşe Kadıoğlu

Visiting Scholar 2018-2019, 2017-2018

Residency Dates: January 15, 2018 - December 31, 2018


Ayşe Kadıoğlu

Ayşe Kadıoğlu is Professor of Political Science and a faculty member at Sabancı University in Istanbul since 1998. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (1990, Boston University), M.A. in International Relations (1984, The University of Chicago), and B.S. in Political Science (1982, Middle East Technical University). Her fields of research are migration and citizenship studies, comparative nationalisms, political ideologies in Turkey, early twentieth century liberal thinkers in Turkey, women and Islam, Turkish secularism, memory and democracy. She has completed a research project titled “An Analysis of Citizenship Perceptions in Istanbul on the Basis of Political Party Orientations” at the end of 2016. She has recently been engaged in research on issues of free speech and academic freedom and completed a manuscript titled “Reading John Stuart Mill in Turkey in 2017.”

At CES, she will pursue a comparative study of the changing nature of opposition in new authoritarian regimes. She will focus on the moments of opposition in Venezuela, Turkey, and Poland especially during the Summer of 2017 in an attempt to provide new insights towards understanding emerging forms of opposition in hybrid regimes where elections are combined with authoritarian measures.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Visiting Scholar, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University (2017-2019)
  • Professor of Political Science, Sabancı University


Author of various articles in Middle East Journal, Middle Eastern Politics, International Migration, Muslim World, Citizenship Studies, Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies, Middle East Law and Governance, Philosophy and Social Criticism.

Author and/or editor of the following books:

  • Cumhuriyet İradesi-Demokrasi Muhakemesi: Türkiye'de Demokratik Açılım Arayışları (Republican Will-Democratic Reason: Search for a Democratic Disclosure in Turkey), (Istanbul: Metis, 1999).
  • Zaman Lekesi (Time Stain), (Istanbul Bilgi University Press, 2006).
  • Vatandaşlığın Dönüşümü: Üyelikten Haklara (Transformation of Citizenship: From Membership to Rights), (Istanbul: Metis, 2008).
  • Symbiotic Antagonisms: Competing Nationalisms in Turkey (Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press, 2011/co-edited with Fuat Keyman).
  • Another Empire? A Decade of Turkey’s Foreign Policy Under the Justice and Development Party (Istanbul: Istanbul Bilgi University Press, 2012/co-edited with Kerem Öktem and Mehmet Karlı).

Research Project

Politics of Opposition in Hybrid Regimes: The Cases of Venezuela, Turkey, and Poland


Political Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Migration and citizenship studies
  • Comparative nationalisms
  • Political ideologies in Turkey
  • Early twentieth century liberal thinkers in Turkey
  • Women and Islam
  • Turkish secularism