About Us




Prof. Stephen Chan, OBE

Porf. Chan was the Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences at SOAS. He has published 28 scholarly books and numerous articles on African politics and International Relations Theory. His 'End of Certainty' won the 2010 International Studies Association Award. The same year, he received the OBE 'for services to Africa and higher education'. For more details please, visit www.stephen-chan.com.


Prof. Jennifer McCoy

Prof. McCoy is Founding Director of the Global Studies Instituteat Georgia State University and Distinguished University Professor of Political Science. She has authored or edited 6 books and dozens of articles. Her latest book is International Mediation in Venezuela (with F. Diez, 2011). She has led election monitoring missions and organized former President Carter's visits to Cuba. McCoy served as a mediator in Venezuela and between Ecuador and Colombia. She is not only an expert on Latin America but also is a member of Team Populism. For more information, please visit her home page at GSU.




Asst. Prof. Volkan İpek 

Having received his Ph.D from the Department of Political Science at Bilkent University in June 2015 with the thesis "The King's Euroean Morocco: A postcolonial approach to Morocco's 1987 quest to become a EEC member", Dr. Ipek's research focuses on postcolonial theory, political economy in Africa, bilateral relations between Africa and Europe, and Turkish Foreign Policy. Besides numerous articles and book chapters on his focus areas, Dr. Ipek also organizes business trips and excursions to Sub-Saharan Africa. He has been teaching Politics and Society in Africa, International Political Economy and Contemporary Turkish Foreign Policy at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Yeditepe University since January 2016.


Asst. Prof. Ebru İlter Akarçay 

Dr. Akarçay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Yeditepe University in İstanbul, Turkey. Her research interests include comparative politics, democratization, and political institutions. Her previous work focuses on political institutions, policy change and Middle Eastern politics. Her most recent work is on the comparative analysis of presidentialism and is published in a journal of Marmara University. She teaches on Latin American politics.


Asst. Prof. Bilgen Sütçüoğlu

Dr. Sütçüoğlu served as the Chair of Department between 2016 and 2018. Her areas of interest include socialism and nationalism especially in the Turkish context, literary canon and nationalism, and transitional justice theory. Her research on Turkish left was published in edited volumes on identity politics in Republican Turkey and cultural studies. She is the translator of Craig Calhoun’s Nationalism, published by İstanbul Bilgi University Press. Dr. Sütçüoğlu was the Yeditepe University’s coordinator of Jean Monnet funded DESCnet Consortium, European Studies in the Caucasus network (2017-18).



Stephen CHEN, SOAS University of London

Jennifer McCoy, Georgia State University

Cengiz Erisen, Yeditepe University

Cemil Oktay, Yeditepe University

Cengiz Okman, Yeditepe University

John Ishiyama, University of North Texas

Jack Kalpakian, Al Akhawayn University

Tarik Oguzlu, Antalya Bilim University