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I am the founding Director of Stockholm University's Institute for Turkish Studies (SUITS). Until recently, I taught International Relations at the Department of Economic History and was involved in a research project at the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication at Stockholm University, Sweden. 

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At the Department of Economic History, I have taught courses on international relations (IR) theory, on security, cooperation, nationalism, and collective identity in IR with a historical focus. At the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication I have been engaged in a research project together with Dr. Alexa Robertson, which is funded by the Swedish Research Council. The title of the project is "Europe as Other: Difference in Global Media Discourse" and is an examination of a large corpus of news clips from 24/7 global cable news providers such as al Jazeera English, Russia Today, and China's CCTV News with western channels like CNN International, BBC World, and Deutsche Welle.

Between 2007 and 2011, I served as Programme Director of Stockholm University's Governance and Management Training programs. In this capacity, I organized courses on Swedish public administration for foreign civil servants and elected officials and also taught some of the modules. I was instrumental in establishing a collaboration with the University of Oxford on public administration training, and am a recurring guest lecturer at Oxford's Programmes for Leadership and Public Policy, where I speak about Swedish public administration with a focus on transparency and openness, and about the Swedish welfare state. I have given invited lectures in Turkey, Iran, China, and Poland and have presented conference papers in Istanbul, Prague, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Portland, Las Vegas, and on Hawaii.

I received my Ph.D. in International Relations from the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California in 2007, and an M.A. in Political Science with a focus on comparative politics, also from USC.
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