Fellows

Dr. Mehtap Söyler holds a PhD in Political Science from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences. She has worked in her dissertation on the Turkish Deepstate. Mehtap was awarded the Jean Monnet Scholarship of the European Commission, Research Scholarship of Tel Aviv University, and the PhD Scholarship of the Heinrich-Böll Foundation. Her research focuses on democratization, qualitative methods, civil-military relations, state consolidation, Turkey-EU relations, the EU and the Western Balkans, the EU and the Middle East, and coming to term with the past. Her articles were published in international, German, and Turkish academic journals.

Dr. Ertug Tombuş holds a PhD in Political Science from Bilkent Üniversitesi in Ankara. He is Managing Editor of Constellations, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Politics and Sociology at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU), Teaching Fellow at the New School Eugene Lang College, and currently focusing on a study of constitution making, comparative constitutionalism and secularism in Turkey.

Leslie Esbrook is a third year JD candidate at Yale Law School. She focuses in her research project on the involvement of the Turkish judiciary in constitutional politics.

Gözde Böcü is a M.A. Political Science student at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Awarded by the German National Merit Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Foundation, Gözde also studied at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey and at the University of Toronto in Canada. Based in the field of comparative politics, Gözde has mainly worked on democratization, civil-military-relations and constitutional politics. As a member of the research lab, Gözde now works on the constitution making process in Turkey between 2011 and 2013 and the media.

Dr. Zeynep Yanasmayan holds a PhD in Social Sciences from KU Leuven, Belgium. Before joining the project Constitutional Politics in Turkey at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin she worked as a researcher and taught at European University Viadrina, Germany. She was also a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen and the Scientific Project Manager of the RELIGARE project ‘Religious Diversity and Secular Models in Europe – Innovative Approaches to Law and Policy’ at KU Leuven. Her research focuses on topics relating to migration and citizenship studies, religion and politics and Turkish constitutional politics. Her publications include; “Citizenship on paper or at heart? Closer look into the dual citizenship debate in Europe.” Citizenship Studies; “Further stay or return? Insights from the highly educated Turkish migrants in Amsterdam, Barcelona and London”, in L. Meier (eds.) Migrant Professionals in the City Local Encounters, Identities, and Inequalities, Routledge (2014); “Role of Turkish Islamic Organizations in Belgium: An Inquiry into the Strategies of TIFB and IFB”, Insight Turkey, 12 (1), 139-161 (2010).

Mert Alpbaz was born in 1986 in Ankara. He graduated from Bilkent University`s Faculty of Law in 2012. He holds a LL.M. degree on law and economics and is currently a doctoral student on criminal law. His research interests are economic crimes, Turkish constitutional history, the new constitution making process of Turkey and analysis of decisions of the Turkish constitutional court. So far he has written about elections and political parties in Turkey and biographic, historical and statistical information about the Turkish Constitutional Court and the Turkish Grand National Assembly for a book project about the Turkish Constitutional Court which is conducted by Ece Göztepe Çelebi, Silvia von Steinsdorff, Maria Haimerl and Felix Petersen. He is a lawyer but does not exercise this profession.

Fulden Eskidelvan studied Economics, Cultural and Social Anthropology and Political Science in Münster, Cologne and Ankara. During her interdisciplinary studies, Fulden put a regional emphasis on Mediterranean countries, Turkey in particular. Being interested in comparative politics, nation and state building, and democratization are among her research areas. As far as her contribution in the research lab is concerned, she is analysing the judicial behaviour of the Constitutional Court of Turkey under the reign of the Justice and Development Party, namely by incorporating i.a. the Great National Assembly of Turkey into her studies.