Institute of Political Science

Dr. Hürcan Asli Aksoy

Contact Information

mailto: menaresearch(at)

Research Fellow

Academic Background


Junior Visiting Fellow at the Institut for Human Sciences in Vienna, Austria

Since 01/2015

Research Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, Austria


PhD candidate and Lecturer at the Institute of Political Science of the University of Tübingen. PhD project: "Engendering Democracy in Turkey: Participation and Inclusion of Women's Civil Society Organizations under AKP Rule"


Visiting scholar at the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) at the University of Jordan

4/2003 to 6/2008

M.A. in Political Science (Middle East Studies) and Philosophy at the University of Tübingen

M.A Thesis Title: “The efforts of the new middle class for democratization in Iran: The interregnum: 1941-1953”

10/1997 to 7/2002

Bachelor in Philosophy, Bosphorus University, Istanbul

Research Interests

Transitology, Democracy Theories

Civil Society, New Social Movements

Gender Perspectives in the Democratization Studies

Gender politics and Women's Movements

Country Expertise

Turkey, Iran


Democracy and Gender in Turkey (Summer term 2012)

Turkey's Political System: Democratization and Democratic Consolidation (Summer term 2011)

Civil Society Debate in the Middle East: Current Political Developments and Challenges (Summer term 2010)

Women and Politcs in Turkey (Winter term 2009/10)


Academic Presentations

Engendering democracy in Turkey: the efforts of women's civil societal organizations and gendered outcomes. Presentation at the 4th World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), 2014, Ankara, 18 - 22 August 2014

Gendering Democracy: The Struggles of women's organizations in Turkey. Presentation at Özyegin Üniversity, 06 March 2014

Turkey in the Transforming Middle East: Readjustment of Turkish Foreign Policy. Presentation at the 19th Congress of the German Middle East Studies Association (Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient - DAVO), Erlangen, 4-6 October 2012

Agents of Change? Mapping the Islamist Women’s Movement in Turkish Civil Society. Presentation at the 3rd World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, Barcelona, 19-24 July 2010

The Role of Women’s Organizations in the Process of Democratization under the Justice and Development Party in Turkey. Presentation at the Fifth European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference, Potsdam, 10-12 September 2009

Other presentations

Women's Movement in Turkey. Volkshochschule Offenburg, 05 June 2013

Gender Equality and Women’s Movement in Turkey. Invited talk, lecture series by the Gender Equality and Integration Office of City of Tübingen, 16 May 2012

Return of the Empire? Turkey’s New Foreign Policy and the Arab World. Invited talk, lecture series by "Politik im Vorderen Orient" (PiVO) student society, University of Tübingen, 24 November 2012


Hürcan Asli Aksoy is the recipient of "Honorable Mention" Award of the 2016 Best Dissertation Prize awarded by the "Women and Politics section" of the American Political Science Association. She is the first non-US citizen to be honoured in this section.

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Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient (DAVO) - German Middle East Studies Association