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Başak Bilecen

John F. Kennedy Memorial Policy Fellow 2017-2018

Residency Dates: September 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018


Başak Bilecen

Başak Bilecen is an Assistant Professor at Bielefeld University, Germany, where she teaches courses on international migration, transnational networks, and social inequalities. Bilecen earned her BA degree in International Relations from Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey in 2005 and an MSc degree in Sociology, Migration and Ethnic Studies from the University of Amsterdam in 2006. In 2012, she earned her PhD in Sociology from Bielefeld University in Germany.

During her stay at CES, through a mixed-methods research design, Bilecen will investigate the role of international students’ personal networks on their study abroad motivations, decision-making processes, and social protection in Germany and in the United States.

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

This information was last updated for the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship, September 2017.


  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow 2017-2018, CES, Harvard University
  • Visiting Scholar 2017-2018, CES, Harvard University


  • Başak Bilecen, International Student Mobility and Transnational Friendships . (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Research Project

Personal networks of Chinese international students: A structural and comparative analysis



Areas of Expertise

  • Sociology of migration
  • Relational sociology
  • Social network analysis
  • International student mobility
  • Social inequality
  • Social protection