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Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Aston University

Yaprak Gürsoy is currently a Lecturer at Aston University. Before joining Aston, she was a Senior Member of St Antony's College at the University of Oxford and an Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University.

Dr Gürsoy has worked on regime change and consolidation, democratization, civil-military relations and coups d’état in Southern Europe and the Middle East in general, and in Turkey and Greece in particular. She is the author of the book, Between Military Rule and Democracy: Regime Consolidation in Greece, Turkey, and Beyond (University of Michigan Press, 2017). Her research project on populist political parties in Turkey, India and Thailand was recently published in the Journal of Contemporary Asia. Her resume includes 12 other articles in peer-reviewed and reputable area studies or comparative politics journals, such as Democratization, Political Science Quarterly and South European Society and Politics.

Currently, Dr Gürsoy is working on Turkish-UK bilateral relations, funded by the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA), a British Academy International Research Institute.

Her research has been recognized by the Science Academy with a Young Scientist Award (BAGEP) in 2016 given to promising Turkish scientists.

More information regarding Dr Gürsoy's publications and projects can be found on her website:


  • 2017–present
    Lecturer, Aston University
  • 2017–present
    Research associate, Centre for International Studies (CIS), Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford
  • 2016–2017
    Senior Member at St Antony' College, University of Oxford
  • 2009–2017
    Associate Professor , Istanbul Bilgi University


  • 2008 
    University of Virginia, Department of Politics, PhD in Foreign Affairs

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Turkish Perceptions of the UK: Anglo-Turkish Relations from 1973 to Brexit
    Funding Source:
    British Institute at Ankara