Koç Staff

Bahar Rumelili is Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair at the Department of International Relations, Koc University, Istanbul. Her research focuses on international relations theory, processes of European identity construction, and EU impact on Turkish domestic reform and Greek-Turkish relations. She is the author of Constructing Regional Community and Order in Europe and Southeast Asia (Palgrave, 2007) and the editor of Conflict Resolution and Ontological Security: Peace Anxieties (Routledge 2015). Her research has also been published in journals such as European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, Journal of Common Market Studies, Cooperation and Conflict, and Journal of International Relations and Development.


Şuhnaz Yılmaz is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Koç University, Istanbul. Her recent research focuses on the international affairs of Eurasia and the Middle East, foreign policy analysis, Turkish foreign policy, international security and European security and foreign policy, energy politics, and Turkish-EU-US and Turkish-Russian relations. She has numerous publications in journals such as Political Science QuarterlyMiddle East JournalThird World QuarterlyTurkish Studies and World Today.  She has a recent book on Turkish-American Relations entitled Turkish-American Relations (1800-1952): Between the Stars, Stripes and the Crescent (2015) from Routledge Press International Relations Series.

Prof. Yılmaz graduated from the International Relations Department of Bilkent University in 1993 as the Valedictorian. She received her M.A and Ph.D. from Princeton University, in 1995 and 2000, consecutively, specializing on Near Eastern Studies and International Relations.  She conducted her post-doctoral Studies at Harvard University. She held visiting faculty positions at Stanford University, Princeton University and UCLA. In 2008, she was granted the prestigious Distinguished Young Scientist Award of the Turkish Academy of Sciences and in 2016, she received the Koç University Outstanding Teaching Award.


Seçkin Barış Gülmez is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher for the EU funded project FEUTURE at Koç University. He received his PhD in politics from Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL), MSc degrees in IR from Middle East Technical University (METU) and RHUL, and BSc in IR from METU. He previously taught at Royal Holloway, University of London, University of Warwick, Izmir University of Economics and Yalova University. He published on Turkish diplomacy, Euroscepticism, EU enlargement, and Cyprus problem in journals including British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Acta Politica, Turkish Studies, Journal of Cyprus Studies and Insight Turkey, and in edited books published by Routledge, Springer, Cambridge Scholars and Peter Lang. He is the founding co-editor of the scholarly website ChangingTurkey. 


Duygu Sever-Mehmetoğlu is a PhD candidate in Political Science and International Relations at Koç University. After graduating from Bilkent University International Relations Department, she has received her master degree in International Relations-Global Political Economy and European Union, from Bilkent University with TÜBİTAK Scholarship. Her master thesis is titled “European Energy Policy and Turkey's Energy Role: Will the Accession Process Be Affected?” Following her M.A, until the PhD, she has worked for BOSCH Thermotechnik.

Duygu has co-authored two chapters (“Evolution of EU Energy Policy” and “External Dimension of European Energy Policy”) in “Geo-Politics of the Euro-Asian Energy Nexus: The EU, Russia and Turkey” published by Palgrave Macmillan.  In addition to her forthcoming articles and works in progress, she has been attending many international conferences and platforms as an invited speaker. Her research areas cover Energy Security, Global Political Economy, Energy Politics, Gender in Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Governance, Alternative Energy Resources, Green Economy and Nuclear Energy. In line with her research interests she is closely following relevant forums and seminars as participant, including but not limited to, World Energy Congress, the Climate Forum, Bosphorus Summit, Oil and Gas Summit, IEA World Energy Outlook Meeting and International Nuclear Power Plants Summit.  

Currently she is working on her dissertation, “The Domestic and Global Context of Energy Preferences: Explaining the Choice for the Nuclear”, which focuses on the nuclear energy as an alternative resource. Her research explores the dynamics which constitute the pushing and constraining factors affecting a country’s decision to engage in nuclear energy generation. In addition to her academic activities, she is also a delegate in Turkish representative committee of “Likeminds: German-Turkish junior expert initiative”, an active member of Bosphorus Energy Club Young Leaders in Energy and the coordinator of “Women in Energy” Initiative by Bosphorus Energy Club.


Alp Eren Topal is a PhD candidate at Bilkent University, Department of Political Science and Public Administration. He received his BA degree in American Studies (2009) from Bilkent University as well. Between 2014 and 2015 he spent one year in Basel University Switzerland as a guest researcher. Topal's PhD research focuses on Ottoman concepts of reform in the 18th and 19th centuries and the general transformation of Ottoman-Turkish political language and concepts from the early modernity to the modernity constitutes his broader research agenda. He has a forthcoming article on Ziya Gökalp and concepts of Turkish nationalism with the Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies. Within the FEUTURE project Topal is responsible for tracing the transformation of Ottoman representation of Europe and identity problem from 1789 to 1923.