I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  My broad research areas are international political-economy, global sociology, social movements (including labor unrest and nationalism) and comparative-historical methods.  My research uses quantitative and comparative-historical methods to examine serious challenges facing the world and prospects for social justice in the 21st century. Currently, I am working on four interlinked projects.

My research has received many awards including the 2018 Distinguished Article Award by the Political-Economy of the World-systems section of the American Sociological Association (ASA), 2017 Best Faculty Article Award (Honorable mention) by the Sociology of Development Section of the ASA and the 2014 Theda Skocpol Dissertation Award by the Comparative-Historical Section of the ASA.

Currently, I am working on my current book project entitled “Global Waves of Nationalism: Capitalism, Geopolitics and State-Formation in the Longue Duree”. I am also affiliated with Johns Hopkins University as an assistant research scientist and currently co-coordinating research working groups at the Arrighi Center for Global Studies (Global Social Protest research working group and Development research working group).

I received my B.A. degrees in International Relations and Sociology at Koc University, Istanbul. I received my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University.  I previously worked as an Assistant Research Scientist and Lecturer at the Arrighi Center for Global Studies and Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University and as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Associate Research Scholar at Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University.