Faculty Members

Prof. Ayşe Buğra

Ayşe Buğra completed her Ph.D. in economics at McGill University. She is  professor of political economy at the Ataturk Institute of Modern Turkish History of Bogazici University in Istanbul and is the co-founder and the current director of the research centre Social Policy Forum at the same university. Her current research interests include comparative social policy and gender relations, international development and business history. Her last book is entitled New Capitalism in Turkey: The Relationship between Politics, Religion and Business (co-authored with Osman Savaşkan, Edward Elgar publishing 2014). Her other books in English include State and Business in Modern Turkey (State University of New York Press 1994), State, Market and Organizational Form (co-edited with Behlül Üsdiken, Walter de Gruyter 1997), Reading Karl Polanyi for the 21st Century: Market Economy as a Political Project (co-edited with Kaan Ağartan, Palgrave MacMillan 2007), and Trajectories of Female Employment in the Mediterranean (co-edited with Yalçın Özkan, Palgrave MacMillan 2013). Her articles in the area of social policy in general and female employment patterns in particular have been published in such journals as Social Politics, European Journal of Social Policy, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Development and Change, Middle East Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and New Perspectives on Turkey. Ayşe Buğra is the translator of Karl Polanyi’s The Great Transformation into Turkish.


 e-mail: bugray@boun.edu.tr


Prof. Ünal Zenginobuz

Ünal Zenginobuz has a Ph.D. degree in Economics from University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Professor of Economics at Bogazici University. His research interests cover areas of public economics and policy, industrial economics (regulation, independent regulatory agencies, competition policy), and environmental economics.


 e-mail: zenginobu@boun.edu.tr


 Assoc. Prof. Ayşen Candaş

 Assoc. Prof. Ayşen Candaş  received her Ph.D. in 2005 from the Columbia University, New York. Currently, she teaches at the Political Science and International Relations, Bogazici University. She has worked on topics such as theories of justice, political and social rights and democratic theory, and published articles in journals such as Social Politics, Constellations and Toplum ve Bilim.

e-mail: aysen.candas@boun.edu.tr

 Assoc. Prof. Serra Müderrisoğlu


Assoc. Prof Serra Müderrisoğlu received her Ph.D. in 1999 from Boston University, USA. Currently, she teaches at the Department of Psychology at Boğaziçi University. She has worked topics such as  impact of mentoring on psycho-social development of at risk youth, cross cultural factors in psychopathology and psychotherapy, and psychoneuroimmunology. She also has published research articles and presented conference papers on child poverty and clinical psychology.

 e-mail: serra@boun.edu.tr


Ass. Prof.Tolga Sınmazdemir

Ass. Prof. Tolga Sınmazdemir received his Ph.D. in 2012 from the New York State University, Currently, he teaches at the Political Science and International Relations, Bogazici University. He has published on topics such as ethnic conflicts and political violence, income distribution, poverty and income inequalities, and quantitative research techniques.

 e-mail: tolga.sinmazdemir@boun.edu.tr

 Dr. İpek Göçmen

Dr. İpek Göçmen received a BA (2005) in Sociology from the Middle East Technical University, and a MA (2007) in Integrated Social Sciences from the Jacobs University. Göçmen earned her PhD (2011) in Political Science from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. Her areas of research are political economy, comparative social policy, civil society and historical institutional theory. Her recent articles, published in the European Journal of Social Policy and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, focus on contemporary social welfare roles of religious voluntary organizations in various European countries and in Turkey.

 e-mail: ipek.gocmen@boun.edu.tr

Dr. Volkan Yılmaz

Volkan Yılmaz received Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science & international relations and sociology from Boğaziçi University. After completing his Master of Arts degree on the History of Modern Turkey at the Ataturk Institute of Boğaziçi University with his work on social policies for people with disabilities in Turkey, he took his Ph.D. from the School of Politics & International Studies of the University of Leeds. Yılmaz’s dissertation is on the politics of health care reform in Turkey. Yılmaz is currently teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on health care policy, social policy and social science research methods in Istanbul Bilgi University. Yılmaz taught undergraduate courses in Boğaziçi University, Marmara University and the University of Leeds. Yılmaz’s areas of interest are social policies, health care policies, the politics of social policy reforms, social policies from gender perspective, political participation of young people, disability and LGBTI studies.

 e-mail: vyilmaz@boun.edu.tr

 Başak Akkan

Başak Akkan received her BA degree from Boğaziçi University Sociology Department, and her MS degree from London School of Economics, European Social Policy Program. She is currently working on her PhD  at Utrecht University,Netherlands. Her research interests are child poverty, gender studies, care policies, social policies targeting disadvantaged groups and European Social Policy.