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Visiting Scholars


CIES is able to host self-funded, visiting scholars on a limited basis for a period of up to two semesters. Visitors must have their Ph.D. or hold a terminal degree. Please apply here.


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Ceyhun Mahmudlu was an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations of Baku Engineering University (2017-2018). He worked at Qafqaz University (2003-2017). His teaching and research specialization is comprised of a variety of topics such as Peace and Conflict Resolution, Energy policy and Security, Nationality and Ethnicities and Research Methods in Social Sciences. His recent works appeared in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review, Energies, Sustainability, Problems of Post-Communism and so on.


Dilan Okcuoglu received her PhD and MA in Political Studies from Queen’s University in Canada. She has an interdisciplinary background in politics, economics and philosophy. Dr.Okcuoglu's teaching and research interests primarily lie in the politics of MENA, conflict and peace studies, comparative territorial and border politics, democratization, ethnic politics and nationalism as well as state-minority relations in conflict zones. She has expertise mostly in qualitative research methods but her BA degree in Economics from Bogazici University equipped her with the necessary analytical skills to conduct quantitative research. Dr. Okcuoglu will start her postdoctoral fellowship at the American University in Washington, DC in 2020-2021.


Simten Coşar, feminist political scientist. Retired from Hacettepe University (Ankara, Turkey) as full professor (2017). Worked at Başkent University (Ankara, Turkey) (1998-2012), Eastern Mediterranean University (North Cyprus) (1997-1998). Also taught undergraduate courses at Middle East Technical University (1999-2002). She has published on politics in Turkey, intellectual history, feminist politics and feminist theory in Turkish and in English. She is the co-editor of Universities in the Neoliberal Era: Academic Cultures and Critical Perspectives (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017), and Silent Violence: Neoliberalism, Islamist Politics and the AKP Years in Turkey (RQB, 2012). Coşar has also translated prominent works in social sciences from English to Turkish, and from Turkish to English.

Turkish researcher becomes her own subject (Cornell Chronicle)


Özlem Erkarslan studied architecture in Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir and obtained her masters and doctoral degrees from the same institution. Dr. Erkarslan taught as a full-time academic member in the departments of architecture of several universities between 1990-2010 including Dokuz Eylul University, Eastern Mediterranean University and Izmir Institute of Technology. She also taught and conducted research in the graduate program of Women Studies in Ege University. She worked as department chair and professor in the department of architecture in Gediz University until 23 July 2016. Her research interests include anti-orientalism, architectural criticism and space-gender issues. In 2002, Dr. Erkarslan was awarded the Milka Bliznakov Prize Commendation from the International Archive of Woman Architects at Virginia Tech University.


Azat Gündoğan currently works at the Florida State University as Honors Faculty and Sociology Department affiliate. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Binghamton University. Professor Gündoğan’s teaching and research interests revolve around questions of the social production of space and place and the spatiality of civil society and state relations. His research is based in Istanbul’s satellite cities where he worked on urban renewal projects and community struggles in low income neighborhoods. Professor Gündoğan grew up in Turkey where he received his BA and MA degrees in political science, public administration, and international relations.

Cornell provides refuge for scholars under threat (Cornell Chronicle)

Visiting scholar accepts academic freedom award on behalf of Turkish colleagues 

Anna Wojciuk is an Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relation at the University of Warsaw. She has previously served as faculty as the Educational Research Institute and the National School of Public Administration (KSAP). AT VEDERE, she was Executive Producer of Not Only Auschwitz, a documentary recounting the history of concentration campus. In the same vein, Wojciuk has worked as Executive Producee and Head of Research in movies on Somalia, DR Congo, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Uganda, Kenya, and Lebanon at Polish Television, TVP 2.

Matthew Morgan is the Graduate and Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University; previously a Visiting Assistant Professor at Ohio University (Athens, Ohio). He has also served as lecturer at the State University of New York Cortland. He has taught courses on terrorism, national security, international relations, and world politics. Morgan's most recent publications include "Strategy in Flux: NATO's Adopting of Risk Management and the Elaboration of a New Framework of Command and Control" and "The Containment of Occupy: Militarized Police Forces and Social Control in America."


Stefano Sacchi was a visiting scholar with CIES from April to September 2014. Stefano is an Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Milan. He is interested in European and comparative social policy, comparative political economy, methodology of the social sciences, European political development, and empirical democratic theory. He published The Political Economy of Work Security and Flexibility in 2012 as well as a few other books. 

Mats Braun is head of department in The Department of International Relations and European Studies, Metropolitan University, Prague. His main research fields are on European integration, the insititutional stucture of the EU, international relations of the environment, norms diffusion, socialization, Central and East European politics, and Scandinavian politics. Some of his publications include Europeanization of Environmental Policy in the New Europe: Beyond Conditionality, The Quest for the National Interest a Methodological Reflection on Czech Foreign Policy, etc.