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Assistant Professor in Global Humanities, Simon Fraser University

I am an Assistant Professor in Global Humanities and an affiliated researcher at the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies at Simon Fraser University. Previously I was a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Lecturer at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University.
My research interests include the study of social identities, collective action, conflict and conflict transformation and insecurity - My books include 'Turkish Politics and ‘The People’: Mass Mobilisation and Populism' (Edinburgh University Press 2022), 'Islam in Europe: Public Spaces and Civic Networks' (Palgrave 2013, co-authored with R. Tsagarousianou), 'Tormented by History: Nationalism in Greece and Turkey' (Hurst and Oxford University Press 2008, co-authored with U. Özkirimli), which appeared in Turkish as'Tarihin Cenderesinde: Türk ve Yunan Milliyetçiliği (Istanbul Bilgi University Press 2013), and in Greek as 'Το βασανο της Ιστοριας' (Καστανιωτης 2008). I have co-edited 'Nation and Identity in Contemporary Europe' (Routledge 1996 with B. Jenkins). In 2019, I founded #RethinkingPopulism in collaboration with openDemocracy (until 2021) and as an independent platform supported by a consortium of universities (since 2022), and have been its lead editor.
I have written extensively on Turkish, Middle Eastern and South Eastern European politics, on populism, nationalism and ethnic conflict, as well as on the cultures and politics of Muslim communities in Europe.
A commentator with an energetic voice, I also frequently write about social and political issues for venues such as The Conversation, the LSE Blog, OpenDemocracy, Dialoguemos and Truthout.


  • 2023–present
    Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University
  • 2021–2023
    Senior Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 2012–2021
    Lecturer, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University
  • 2000–2011
    Senior research fellow, Kingston University
  • 1996–2000
    Senior lecturer, University of Portsmouth
  • 1993–1996
    Research associate, University of Portsmouth


  • 2020 
    University of Copenhagen, PhD Regional and Crosscultural Studies
  • 1985 
    Panteion University , BSc Politics and International Studies


  • 2022
    Turkish Politics and ‘The People’: Mass Mobilisation and Populism, Edinburgh University Press
  • 2013
    Islam in Europe: Public Spaces and Civic Networks, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2013
    Tarihin Cenderesinde: Türk ve Yunan Milliyetçiliği, Istanbul Bilgi University Press
  • 2008
    Tormented by History: Nationalism in Greece and Turkey, Oxford University Press
  • 2008
    Το βάσανο της Ιστορίας: Ο Εθνικισμός στην Ελλάδα και την Τουρκία , Καστανιώτης
  • 1996
    Nation and Identity in Contemporary Europe, Routledge