Prof. Engin Akarlı (Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences)
Assist. Prof. Hüseyin Alptekin
Hüseyin Alptekin received B.A. degrees in International Relations and Business Management from Beykent University, an M.A. in International Relations from Koc University, and an M.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. Alptekin received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Government, the University of Texas at Austion in 2014. Alptekin’s publications so far have appeared in Afro Eurasian Studies, Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Insight Turkey, ISZU Journal of Social Sciences, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics. Alptekin’s research focus on ethnicity and nationalism, ethnic conflict, Turkish politics, research methods, and comparative politics.
Assist. Prof. Fatih Altuğ
Received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Turkish Language and Literature from Boğaziçi University. His studies focus on nineteenth century Turkish literature, literature and social change, formation of the literary critical discourse in Turkish, literature and subjectivity.
Assoc. Prof. Nurullah Ardıç
Ph.D.: University of California, Los Angeles – Sociology (January 2009)
MA: University of California, Los Angeles – Sociology (2005)
MA: Boğaziçi University, Istanbul – Sociology (2001)
BA: Boğaziçi University, Istanbul – Sociology (1999)
Research Interests: Historical Sociology, Political Sociology, Sociology of Religion, Globalization and the Nation-state, Historical-Comparative Analysis, Religion and Politics in the Middle East, Ottoman-Turkish Modernization, Discourse Analysis, Social Theory
Assist. Prof. Alim Arlı (Director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education)
He received his BA and MA from Ankara University (respectively in 2000 and 2003). He completed his PhD in İstanbul University (2009). He played an active role in the establishment of İstanbul Şehir University. His primary research interest focus on modern social theory, the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu, the sociology of Turkey, urban sociology and ethnography as well as the sociology of higher education.
Assist. Prof. Mehmet Fatih Aysan (Director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences)
Mehmet Fatih Aysan is Assistant Professor of Sociology. He earned his PhD from University of Western Ontario (2011) and thought Sociology in the same university (2010-2012). His sociological interests are rooted at the intersection of sociology of work, demography, and social policy. His study centers on how labour markets and social policies combine to influence welfare of societies. His research is comparative with a focus on Europe, North America, and Middle East. His work has appeared in edited books and peer-reviewed journals such as Population and Development Review, Canadian Journal of Sociology.
Prof. Nihat Bulut
He graduated from Marmara University Law Faculty and started as research assistant at Ataturk University Erzincan Law Faculty. He has completed, his LL.M. and PHD in the Social Sciences Institute in the University of Marmara. He has taught at Cumhuriyet University and Gaziosmanpaşa University the courses on Constitutional and Administrative Law. His research is focused on Statehood and Human Rights
Assist. Prof. Elif Çelebi
Elif Çelebi completed her doctorate at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research interests include interrelations among ethnic identity and well-being, multicultural and women’s issues, mental health services in primary care settings, and vocational psychology. She has written scholarly for the Journal of Vocational Psychology, Psychiatric Annals, New Directions in Teaching and Learning, and Encyclopedia of Counseling. Courses taught include Introduction to Psychology, Personality, and Family Violence. She has extensive clinical experience in various settings including private practice, hospitals (VA, state, urban), university counseling centers, and community mental health centers. She completed her clinical psychology internship at the University of Rochester Department of Psychiatry with an emphasis on prevention and treatment of mental health problems in urban settings and community based mental health research in health disparities. Following the internship, she held a one-year clinical psychology postdoctoral fellowship, specializing in family therapy in primary care settings. During this fellowship, she provided psychotherapy to children and families as part of a multidisciplinary team of pediatricians and nurses at an urban hospital. She provided clinical supervision at the master’s and doctoral students at the University of Missouri. Her clinical interests are in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and family therapy.
Prof. Peyami Çelikcan (Dean, College of Communications)
He has received his B.A. degree in Radio, Television and Cinema at Ankara University, his M.A. degree in Communication Arts at University of West Florida and his Ph.D. in Cinema And Television at Dokuz Eylül University. His fields of interest are popular culture and popular music, documentary filmmaking, film and media studies, thematic media.
Assist. Prof. Şirin Duygulu Elcim
Bachelor’s Degree: Sabancı University, 2005
Master’s Degree: Koç University, 2007
PhD: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2015
Research Areas: International security, human rights and human security, transnational advocacy, international organizations and governance.
Assist. Prof. Vügar İmanbeyli
Imanbeyli graduated from Istanbul University with a degree in History, from Boğaziçi University with an MA in History and from Marmara University with a Ph.D. in International Relations. His academic interests cover regional studies, especially history, politics, foreign policy making and social transformation in the ex-Soviet countries. Nowadays he focuses on Russian foreign policy, Turkish-Russian relations and Eurasian dimension of Turkish foreign policy. He joined Istanbul Şehir University during its formation years and is currently a faculty member of the Department of Political Science and International Relations.
Assist. Prof. Ebru Kayaalp
She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at Rice University in 2010. Prior to her appointment at SEHIR University, she worked at NYU and Rice University as a lecturer. She teaches courses on anthropology of globalization and neoliberalism, gender, race and class representations in media, and ethnography of media.
Assist. Prof. Mehmet Akif Kayapınar
He graduated from Political Science and International Relations in Boğaziçi University. He completed his MA in John Hopkins University International Relations and International Economic Theory and PHD at the Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture program of SUNY Binghamton University. Main areas of interest: Comparative political theory, Turkish politics and historical sociology of international relations.
Prof. Ferhat Kentel
Assoc. Prof. Abdulhamit Kırmızı
Assist. Prof. Ayşegül Koç
Master’s Degree: York University, Canada
PhD: Ryerson University – York University, Canada
Research Areas: New Media, Applied Technologies, Digital Identities, Film and Placement Theory/Practice.
Inst. Kasım Kopuz
Assoc. Prof. Hasan Kösebalaban (Department Chair, Political Science and Int. Relations)
Hasan Kösebalaban obtained his BA degree in Political Science at the International Islamic University, Malaysia (1995), and his MA degree in International Relations at the International University of Japan (1997) and his Ph. D. degree in Political Science at the University of Utah (2006). Also, he conducted post-graduate research at the University of Tübingen, Germany (1998). He offered courses on comparative politics, international relations, Middle East and East Asian political systems, globalization and Turkish politics at the University of Utah (2001-2005), Mississippi State University (2005-2006), Michigan State University (2006-2008), and Lake Forest College (2008-2011).
Assist. Prof. Zübeyir Nişancı
Zubeyir Nisanci teaches at the department of Sociology at İstanbul Şehir University. Receiving his BA degree at Bogazici University, Zubeyir completed his Masters studies at the Hartford Seminary. During his Masters studies, he worked as a data analyst at the Hartford Institute Religion Research. He received his PhD studies at Loyola University Chicago where he also taught courses such as Sociology of Religion, Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Global Inequalities and Social Movements. Between 2011 and 2013, Zubeyir Nisanci also worked as a statistics adviser at Loyola. His areas of interests include sociology of religion, quantitative methods, religious movements, civic participation, immigration and globalization.
Assist. Prof. Betül Nizam
Ph.D.: (2010) Boğaziçi University, Institute of Social Sciences, Classical Turkish Literature
Dissertation: Kemâl Ahmed Dede’s Verse Narrative Tercüme-i Menâkıb-ı Mevlânâ (A Verse Version In The Menâkıbü’l-Ârifîn Tradition)
M.A.: (2004) Boğaziçi University, Institute of Social Sciences, Classical Turkish Literature
Thesis: Bali Çelebi and His Divan (2b-35a): Analysis-Text
B.S.: (2002) Boğaziçi University, Faculty of Letters and Science, Department of Turkish Language and Literature
Assist. Prof. Ahmet Okumuş
Ahmet Okumuş completed his undergraduate studies at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University (1999). He obtained his M.A. degree from the Department of International Relations at Fatih University with his thesis entitled “Impact of Historical Imagination on Foreign Policy: the Russian Case” (2001). He is currently finishing his PhD thesis entitled “Reconciliation Freedom and Virtue in Contemporary Political Philosophy” at the Program of Political Science at Sabancı University under the advisorship of Şerif Mardin and Fred Dallmayr. Okumuş gives courses such as The Politics of New Aristotelianism, Modern Political Thought, Historical Imagination and International Relations, Humanities and Society. His writing has been published in journals and collections such as Küresel Güçler, Euro Agenda Avrupa Günlüğü, Divan, Sivil Toplum Aydınlar ve Demokrasi, Brown Journal of World Affairs and Bülten.
Assoc. Prof. Mesut Özcan
Received his BA in Political Science and International Relations from Marmara University in 2000, his MA in 2002 from the same institution. Defended his dissertation at Boğaziçi University Atatürk Institute in 2007. Studied at Oxford University, St. Antony’s College on the Jean Monnet Master Scholarship in 2005-2006. He worked as a research assistant at Beykent University between the years 2000 and 2005. Dr. Özcan was a visiting scholar at Kuwait University, Department of Political Science in 2009. Worked at Istanbul Ticaret University, Department of International Relations as Assistant Professor between 2007 and 2011. Dr. Özcan joined SAM of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as deputy chairman in September 2011. He is also an advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He has three books, Sorunlu Miras Irak (Istanbul: Küre, 2003) and Harmonizing Foreign Policy: Turkey, the EU and the Middle East (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), Medeniyetler ve Dünya Düzen(ler)i, Mesut Özcan ve Muzaffer Şenel (ed), (Istanbul: Klasik, 2010). He published articles and book chapters on Turkish Foreign Policy, Middle Eastern Politics and Iraq. Serves in the editorial boards of Insight Turkey, Divan and Perceptions.
Assist. Prof. Uğur Cevdet Panayırcı
Cevdet Panayırcı received his undergraduate degree in 2003 from the department of Public Relations and Advertising at İstanbul University and his MA from the department of public relations at Marmara University. He earned his Ph.D. in 2009 from Marmara University with his dissertation entitled “Postmodernism, Culture and Advertising: Discourse of diet product advertising”. His areas of research include political communication, cultural studies, marketing communication practices.
Dr. Muzaffer Şenel | Director
Muzaffer Şenel completed his undergraduate studies at the Department of International Relations of Near Eastern University, Lefkoşa, Turkish State of Cyprus. He obtained his M.A. and PhD at Marmara University. Before joining to ŞEHİR, he worked at Kocaeli (2000-2002) and Marmara University (2002-2010). With EUROMESCO, TÜBİTAK and Regional Jean Monnet scholarships, he was a visiting researcher at Teleki Lázsló Institute (renamed to Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade) Foreign Policy Research Center in Budapest, Hungary; The Center for European Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and Centre for Islamic Studies at Oxford University. Since 2009, he works as also freelance political risk consultant and participating Track II diplomacy meetings.
Şenel has written articles on the European Union, Turkish Foreign Policy and Cyprus in the semi-journal Anlayış and has articles published in various books and journals. His areas of research are the security-identity-order relationship, Turkish foreign policy, Cyprus, European Union politics and international relations, the Middle East policy of the European Union and neighbouring politics. Şenel has a documentary film on “Forgotten Heritage: Waqf/Foundations of Cyprus” and edited two books: With Sadık Ünay, (Ed.), he has published a book entitled Global Orders and Civilizations: Perspectives from History, Philosophy and International Relations (Nova Science Publications, New York, 2009); With Mesut Özcan (ed.), Modernite ve Dünya Düzen(ler)i/Modernity and World Order(s), (Klasik Yayınları, Istanbul, 2010).
Assist. Prof. Mehmet Fatih Uslu
Mehmet Fatih Uslu is assistant professor of Turkish Language and Literature at Istanbul Şehir University. He is the author of Çatışma ve Müzakere: Osmanlı’da Ermenice ve Türkçe Dramatik Edebiyat (Conflict and Negotiation: Armenian and Turkish Dramatic Literature in the Ottoman Empire” (2014). He is also the co-editor of the volume Tanzimat ve Edebiyat: Osmanlı İstanbul’unda Modern Edebi Kültür (Tanzimat and Literature: Modern Literary Culture in the Ottoman Istanbul), with Fatih Altuğ (2014). He has translated numerous works of literature and humanities from English, Italian, and Armenian into Turkish. He continues to translate from Armenian, with a special focus on the works of Ottoman Armenian writer Zabel Yesayan.