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Visiting Scholars at Keyman

Due to university and governmental restrictions and guidance in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Keyman Program is unable to host visitors at this time.

Our visiting scholar program welcomes both young and established scholars and is open to all (US and non-US residents) who have secured independent funding, to teach and pursue research at Northwestern during the academic year, with faculty performing research while on sabbatical from their home institution. Interested applicants should send a CV and a research statement to

Requirements and Procedures

For information on application procedures and requirements for prospective visiting scholars, visit the Buffett Institute for Global Studies visiting scholar informational page.

Past Scholars 

Onur Dirlik

Keyman Visiting Scholar 2018-19
Onur Dirlik is an assistant professor of management at Eskişehir Osmangazi University Business School. His research focuses on institutional change, Turkish business systems and varieties of capitalism. Currently, he is interested in how context-specific institutions differentiate organizational forms; how global, regional, national, and local influences affect organizations; and the power of the state in shaping the market. Onur Dirlik received his PhD in Economics and Administrative Sciences from Akdeniz University, and he served as a Visiting Research Scholar at the University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Business School.

Sevda Alankuş

Keyman Visiting Scholar, 2017-18
Sevda Alankuş is a graduate of Faculty of Political Science, Ankara University, and holds degrees in Political Science (Ph.D.) and in Communication Studies (Professorship). Her recent research covers issues of feminist media criticism, alternative media and news reporting. She published the Peace Journalism Handbook (2017) and was the editor of a journalism handbook series that included the Human, Women, Children’s Right-based Journalism (2007, 2012). Her co-authored works focus on Turkish series in the global media market, discourse analysis of Turkish Cypriot media from a peace journalism point of view and textual analysis of nationalist Turkish Cypriot narrations. Alankuş is currently teaching at the Department of New Media, Kadir Has University, Istanbul.

Senem Aslan

Keyman Visiting Scholar, 2017-18
Senem Aslan is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Bates College. Her book Nation-Building in Turkey and Morocco: Governing Kurdish and Berber Dissent was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. She teaches courses on Middle East politics, state-building, and nationalism. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University between 2008 and 2010. She has published articles in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and the European Journal of Turkish Studies. Her recent research focuses on the politics of symbolism and imagery in Turkey.

Senem Yildirim-Ozdem

Keyman Visiting Scholar, 2017-18
Senem Yildirim-Ozdem is an assistant professor of political science and public administration at Antalya AKEV University, Turkey. Her research mainly focuses on the public-private divide in contemporary political theory, the gendered nature of this dichotomy, and the concepts of social, political, and civil society. Her publications have appeared in journals such as British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (2017), Theory in Action (2016), The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms (2014) and Southeast European and Black Sea Studies (2011). She received her doctorate in political science in 2011 from Turkey’s Bilkent University, where she also completed her undergraduate degree. She was previously a visiting researcher at UIC.

Hüseyin Levent Köker

Keyman Visiting Scholar, 2017-18
Hüseyin Levent Köker is a graduate of Ankara Law School and holds a PhD in political science. He was previously Hans Speier Visiting Professor in the New School for Social Research. Currently working on a critical re-interpretation of constitutional politics in Turkey, Köker’s research interests include constitution-making and post-national constitutionalism, democratic political theory, secularism, nationalism, multiculturalism, and cosmopolitanism. His publications include Modernization, Kemalism and Democracy (2009), Two Different Conceptions of Politics (2008), and Democracy, Critique, and Turkey (2008). Some of his articles have been published in Political TheoryThe Annals of the AAPSS, and Constellations.

Fatih Turkmenoglu

Keyman Program Visiting Scholar, 2014-15
Fatih Turkmenoglu is a well-known human interest journalist and TV host in Turkey. After completing a certificate program at NYU, he started working for newspapers and magazines in Istanbul. His television career started in 1996, reporting for CNN International from Turkey and hosting a widely followed travel show on CNN TURK for more than 10 years. He is a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship alumnus and has produced and hosted more than 1,000 television shows, traveled to over 80 countries, written three books and co-authored a travel book.

Sule Kut

Keyman Program Visiting Scholar, 2009-10
Şule Kut is rector of Okan University in Istanbul, Turkey. Her teaching and research interests include foreign policy analysis, Turkish foreign policy with emphasis on the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Turkish-EU and Turkish-U.S. relations, and Balkan politics. When Kut visited Northwestern, she was serving as dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Istanbul Bilgi University. Kut is the president of the Turkish Political Science Association and was formerly an elected member of the Executive Committee of the International Political Science Association.