Şener Aktürk

NOV 16th, 2018


Şener Aktürk is an Associate Professor at Koç University in Istanbul. His research and teaching focus on comparative politics; ethnicity, religion, and nationalism; post-Soviet Eurasia; and qualitative research methods. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a post-doctoral fellow in the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and a visiting lecturer in the Department of Government, both at Harvard University.

His book, Regimes of Ethnicity and Nationhood in Germany, Russia, and Turkey (Cambridge University Press, 2012) received the 2013 Joseph Rothschild book prize from the Association for the Study of Nationalities and the Harriman Institute at Columbia University.

His articles have been published in World Politics, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Post-Soviet Affairs, Social Science Quarterly, European Journal of Sociology, Turkish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Nationalities Papers, Theoria, Ab Imperio, Insight Turkey, Turkish Policy Quarterly and Central Eurasian Studies Review, among others. Şener Aktürk is the recipient of the Peter H. Odegard Award (2006) and Teaching Effectiveness Award (2009) at UC Berkeley, the Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award (2010), the Baki Komsuoğlu Social Sciences Encouragement Prize (2011), the European Commission Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant (2010-2014), Kadir Has Promising Scientist Award (2015), Turkish Academy of the Sciences Outstanding Young Scientist Award (2016), the Science Academy Young Scientist Award (2017), and the Koç University Outstanding Teaching Award (2016-2017).