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Senior lecturer, York St John University

Dr Ayla Göl is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Humanities, York St John University since September 2021. Dr Göl holds a PhD. from the Department of International Relations, LSE. Her research and teaching interests focus on Islam, nationalism, identity, foreign policy analysis and postcolonial politics, with particular reference to the Middle East, North Africa, Eurasia and Turkey.

Dr Göl has previously worked as a lecturer at LSE, and as both a Senior Lecturer and Reader in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. She has been a Visiting Professor at the Renmin University of China, a Visiting Scholar at the HRC Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, the University of Cambridge, and the inaugural John Vincent Visiting Fellow at the Department of International Relations, Australian National University. Before joining to York St John University, Dr Göl was a Visiting Research Fellow, at the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ), The School of Politics and International Relations, The University of Nottingham. She is a Senior Fellow at the Higher Education Academy.

She is also the author of, Turkey Facing East: Islam, Modernity and Foreign Policy (Manchester University Press, 2013); as well as numerous articles and book chapters on Turkish nationalism, foreign policy and international politics of the Middle East.


  • 2015–2018
    Reader, Aberystywth University
  • 2012–2015
    Senior lecturer, Aberystwyth University


  • 2016 
    Senior Fellow, Advance Higher Education
  • 2000 
    London School of Economics, International Relations, PhD


  • 2013
    Turkey Facing East: Islam, Modernity and Foreign Policy, Manchester University Press
  • 2009
    The Identity of Turkey: Muslim and Secular, Third World Quarterly
  • 2005
    Imagining the Turkish nation through 'othering' Armenians, Nations and Nationalism

Professional Memberships

  • British International Studies Association (BISA)
  • International Studies Association (ISA)