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Dr. Ebru Turhan

Ebru Turhan works as an Assistant Professor of Political Science and as the Vice-Director of the Institute of Social Sciences at the Turkish-German University of Istanbul. She is also the co-coordinator of the Jean Monnet Module INSITER “Inside the Turkey-EU Relations” co-financed by the European Commission.  Between September 2013 and November 2014 Turhan was a Mercator-IPC Fellow at the Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) in the thematic area of EU/German-Turkish relations. Her current research interests lie in EU-Turkey affairs, the institutional architecture of the relations between Turkey and the EU/Germany, the political system of the EU, theories of European integration, the German “factor” in EU-Turkey relations, Germany’s European policy, European refugee crisis / visa liberalization dialogue between Turkey and the EU, and German-Turkish bilateral relations. 

Turhan received a joint Master’s degree in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Bath, and a doctorate degree in Political Science from the University of Cologne in 2012. From February 2006 to September 2013, Turhan worked at the Berlin Representation of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), where she held the position of Senior Expert and Project Manager. In this capacity, she has carried out wide-ranging research on political processes and economic developments in Germany and German-Turkish bilateral relations.


Turhan’s academic work has been published by numerous journals and publishers including Nomos, Routledge, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, CESifo Forum, Südosteuropa Mitteilungen and Europe’s World. Her commentaries and interviews have appeared in media outlets such as ZDF, Hürriyet Daily News, New Europe, Atlantic Community, Al Jazeera, the Arab Weekly, Radio France and Tagesspiegel.