I study the political, legal, and intellectual history of modern Turkey.
My current primary project is an extension of the research I carried out for my PhD dissertation, "The politics of exceptional law in Turkey, 1930-1980," where I ask how and why Turkish jurists and lawyers have sometimes supported authoritarian state leaders and other times resisted them, and how their interaction with political and military leaders over several decades has shaped the Turkish state.
I hold a PhD in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Washington. I also have a Cand.mag. in Political Science and Turkish and an MA in Turkish Studies from the University of Oslo. During my studies I also attended Turkish language and history classes at Bosphorus University in Istanbul and Arabic classes at the Harvard Summer School and at the CASA program at AUC in Cairo.
Winner of the 2012 Babylon award for the article "Politikk og kriminalitet i det nye Tyrkia" ("Politics and Crime in the New Turkey").
"Jurists of War and Peace: Sıddık Sami Onar (1898-1972) and Ali Fuad Başgil (1893-1967) on Law and Prerogative in Turkey," in International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 45-64.
“Theories of exceptional executive powers in Turkey, 1933-1945,” in New Perspectives on Turkey, Vol. 55, November 2016, pp. 29-54.
“Egypt’s Struggle over The Law” (Egypts kamp om loven). in Babylon (Nordic Journal of Middle Eastern Studies) no. 1, 2013.
“Politics and Crime in the new Turkey” (Politikk og kriminalitet i det nye Tyrkia). in Babylon no. 2, 2012.
“Notions of Nation: Phraseology and Ideology in the Turkish Grand National Assembly,” in Csató, É, G. Ims, J. Parslow et al. (Eds.): Turcological Letters to Bernt Brendemoen. Oslo: Novus Press, 2009, pp. 239-57.
Turcological Letters to Bernt Brendemoen. Oslo: Novus Press, 2009. Co-edited with Éva Csató, Gunvald Ims, Finn Thiesen, and Emel Türker.
Turkish Political Parties and the European Union. How Turkish MPs Frame the Issue of Adapting to EU Conditionality. ARENA Report No 7/07, University of Oslo, 2007.