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The Center for Modern Turkish Studies supports the creation of knowledge within the context of social sciences and humanities by its high quality research dealing with the issues of our country by focusing on the last two centuries.

The center aims to be a resource for reliable knowledge, fruit of an independent research in order to call for attention of the international community of scholars to the field of Turkish Studies. Its major goal is to become a center of attraction by establishing an international network of researchers and scholars from different disciplines specializing on Turkey. The Center runs an M.S. Program on Modern Turkish Studies within the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities since and organizes national and international seminars and conferences and publishes reports and papers. Our program is supported by more than 20 full-time faculty members and instructors from Political Science, International Relations, Sociology, History, Law, Literature, Communication and Islamic Studies as well as faculty members and experts from other fields and institutions. Language of instruction is English. We have 25 graduate students. Additionally, Center for Modern Turkish Studies organizes short-term special programs and summer schools providing the analytical and in-depth knowledge about Turkey to those who work at the international institutions and think tanks and to the policymakers.  


Executive Board

Inst. Muzaffer Şenel

Muzaffer Şenel completed his undergraduate studies at the Department of International Relations of Near Eastern University, Lefkoşa, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus with scholarship. He continued his master’s studies at the same department. He obtained his M.A. degree from the Department of European Union Politics and International Relations at Marmara University European Community Institute with his thesis entitled “European Union Politics towards the Middle East since 1980.” He worked as a research assistant at Kocaeli University Department of International Relations (2000-2002) and Marmara University, Department of Political Science and International Relations (2002-2010). With EUROMESCO, TÜBİTAK and Regional Jean Monnet scholarships he worked as a visiting researcher at Teleki Lázsló Institute (Hungarian Institute of International Affairs) 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. Detailed CV

Assoc. Prof. Abdulhamit Kırmızı
Abdulhamit Kırmızı, who has focused his attention on the last century of Ottoman history, has carried out research predominantly on biography, bureaucracy, nationalism and narrative. Kırmızı, who has concentrated mostly on administration and the decision-making mechanism in the last period of the Ottoman Empire, has written two books: Abdulhamid’s Governors: Ottoman County Management, 1895-1908 and Governor Süreyya from Alvonya; Albania after the Ottomans, 1912-1920. Kırmızı, who has been on the editorial board for the Turkish Studies Review (TALID) since the date of its establishment, is currently writing a biography entitled Abdulhamid’s Albania: Alvonyali Ferid Pasha, Governor of Konya and Grand Vizier. After completing his education at Ankara University (SBF), Hacettepe University and Boğaziçi University, Kırmızı completed post-doctorate studies at University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies; he then joined the staff at Istanbul Şehir University in 2009. Detailed CV

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. Detailed CV

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. Detailed CV

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. Detailed CV


Visiting Researchers Program

The program is designated to provide researchers who would like to work on Turkish studies with the university ID, library use and other research opportunities as well as a scientific environment in relation to their studies. This program aims to share the gradually increasing accumulation of scientific knowledge and to develop relations between the institutions.

Visiting researchers may apply for short and long terms.

The Center for Modern Turkish Studies- visiting researchers program admits applications from related faculty members, senior researchers, postdoctoral researchers, doctoral candidates and graduate researchers. 

There are four types of visiting researcher positions at the Center:

  • Visiting Scholars/Researchers
  • Visiting Scholar
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Visiting Fellow - dissertation research 

Expectations from Visiting Researchers 

Visiting Researchers Program aims to provide both ŞEHİR and visiting researchers with a rich academic environment and intends to enable them exchange scientific information by seminars, conferences, and discussions. At the end of the proposed period, visiting researchers will present a paper relating their projects. In case of bilateral approval, the works of the visiting researchers will be published among the publications of the Center for Modern Turkish Studies. 

Admission Requirements:

Researchers wishing to apply for the Visiting Researchers Program must submit below documents:

  • Researcher proposal must be on a field within the scope of work of the Center for Modern Turkish Studies.
  • CV
  • Application Cover Letter (just a two page text- cover letter specifying why you apply for the Center and/or program)
  • Publication sample, if any
  • Work Program

After the completion of required documents, they must be sent to the below address by e-mail and/or mail. 

Means provided for all visiting researchers who are admitted in the Center:

  • University ID
  • Unlimited access to the Library. Our library can bring any demanded book on the research subject.
  • A fully equipped desk (phone, stationery etc)
  • Printout and photocopy support (at an amount determined by the Center/University administration)
  • Dining support (at an amount determined by the Center/University administration)
  • Computer technical support
  • Computer (within the bounds of possibility)
  • University buses (within the bounds of possibility)

In addition to the above-mentioned oppurtunies,

  • Support can be provided for participation in scientific meetings (conference, workshop etc.) on condition to publish papers and considering the time passed at the Center.
  • Assistant support considering their research and time passed at the Center (within the bounds of possibility)
  • Health Insurance considering their research and time passed at the university (optional)
  • Accommodation support (within the bounds of possibility)
  • Assistant and scientific meeting participation support can be revised by the Center’s Board of Directors in return for researcher’s lecture.



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İstanbul Şehir University
West Campus
Oymacı Sokak No: 15 34662
Altunizade - Üsküdar - İstanbul

Phone: 44 44 0 34 (from every where in Turkey and from all operators, do not dial the code number)
Fax:  0216 474 53 53