~OUR STAFF ~

The Director of the Center, Associate Professor S. Hakan KIRIMLI (Ph.D, University of Wisconsin-Madison) teaches Russian and Soviet history, with particular emphasis on the Black Sea region, and the Turkic peoples of the Crimea, Volga-Ural region, and the Caucasus. S.Hakan Kırımlı teaches courses on Russian and Soviet history, with particular emphasis on the Tatars and other ethnic groups of the Black Sea region.  He is the author of, among many score scholarly articles and books, including most prominently National Movements and National Identity Among the Crimean Tatars (1905-1916)(1996).

 

The founder, Professor Norman STONE, has been teaching at Bilkent University since 1997. He was previously Professor of Modern History at Oxford University, and Lecturer in Russian and German history at Cambridge.  His major publications include The Eastern Front 1914-1917 (1975), which won the Wolfson Prize for History and Europe Transformed 1878-1919 (1983).  His latest book, World War I has been published recently by Penguin books.

 

The General Secretary, Hasan Ali KARASAR, is a Bilkent Ph.D. who has taught in both the History and IR departments, and done consulting on Russian and Central Asian issues for the Ankara-based think tank ASAM (Avrasya Stratejik Arastirma Merkezi). He has published articles in numerous scholarly venues on issues relating to Central Asian history, ethnography, and politics, including Central Asian Survey and Cornucopia.

 

Assistant Professor Sean MCMEEKIN (Ph.D. UC Berkeley) teaches courses on 20th century European and Russian history, including Communist political economy and the collapse of the Soviet Union.  He has published in scholarly journals such as Contemporary European History and Communisme, and writes book reviews for Commentary.  His first book is The Red Millionaire (2003).    

 

Instructor of Russian and European history Sergei PODBOLOTOV[ On leave] (Ph.D. Cambridge) teaches the core Center track courses on Russian history and civilization.  He is the author of some 15 scholarly articles on topics such as on Russian nationalism and conservatism, national problems in the Russian Empire, and Russian-Turkish relations.

 

Instructor of international political economy Pinar İPEK (Ph.D. Univ.of Pittsburgh), teaches classes on political economy of foreign direct investment, and political economy of development. Her research interests include multinational corporations in developing countries, energy security, and democratization with an emphasis on Central Asia. She has published in scholarly journals such as Middle East Policy.

 

~OUR RESEARCH ASSISTANTS~

Chong-Jin OH [Graduated], Ph.D.. After receiving his BA degree from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies / Korea (with a major interest in Turkish studies) in 2000, and MA degree from Eastern Mediterranean University, he joined Bilkent University as Ph.D student in 2002. Within the fall semester of 2006/2007academic year he earned his Ph.D degree with the dissertation subject "Diaspora in Nationalizing State: The Case of Ahiska (Meskhetian Turk) and Korean Diasporas in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan"

Valeriy P. MORKVA, Ph.D candidate. He received a Bachelor’s in World History from the Luhans’k National Pedagogical University / Ukraine in 1999. He joined Center for Russian Studies of Bilkent in 2002 and received his MA degree with the thesis “The Georgian Kingdoms of the South Western Caucasus in Ottoman-Russian relations, 1783-1812”. His research interests are on Ottoman early modern and modern history and Ottoman-Russian relations

Berat YILDIZ, second-year Ph.D student. He graduated from the Department of History of Middle East Technical University / Turkey in 2004 and has received his MA degree from the Center for Russian Studies in 2006. Yildiz is mainly interested in the Russo-Circassian wars and the forced migration of Caucasian People to Ottoman Empire at the 19th century.

Kostyantyn STUMPF [Graduated], second-year MA student. After receiving a Bachelor’s in Philosophy from Middle East Technical University / Turkey in 2004, he has started his graduate study at Bilkent University. His primary focus is on emigration of German colonists to the Russian Empire in 18th and 19th centuries, German diasporas in the ex-Soviet countries, and nationality problems in the modern Ukraine (i.e Crimean Tatars)

Nesrin ERSOY [Graduated], second-year MA student. She received a Bachelor’s in International Relations from Bilkent University / Turkey in 2004 and has started graduate study in Center for Russian Studies. Her Master thesis is planned to be on the subject of Bolshevik-Turkish relations between 1917 and 1923 and the Bolshevik assistance to the Turkish Nationalist Movement and the War of Independence.

Arda ÇAĞDAŞ, second-year MA student. He graduated from the Department of International Relations of Bilkent University in 2005 and has started his MA study within the same year. His research interests include Turco-Russian relations since 1839 and cultural history of Tsarist Russia and USSR. His MA thesis is planned to be within the framework of the influence of 1848 Revolution on Turco-Russian Relations

Melih DEMİRTAŞ, second-year MA student. After receiving a BS degree in International Relations from Hacettepe University / Turkey in 2005, he has started his graduate study at Bilkent University. His primary focus is on contemporary Russian state and society with a special emphasis on the bilateral relations with European countries and on the concepts "civil society" and "democratization" in social and political processes of the post-Cold War era.

Esin ÖZALP, second-year MA student. She graduated from Bilkent University in 2004 and received BA degree in Banking and Finance. After having work-experience in private sector banking between the years 2004-2005, she has started MA studies in Center for Russian Studies. Her research interests are on contemporary developments in the Central Asian countries with a particular focus on Turkmenistan.

Assel KINZHITAYEVA, second-year MA student. She received a Bachelor’s in International Relations from the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Prognosis (KIMEP) / Kazakhstan. Her research interests are particularly on the region of Central Asia. Her thesis is planned to be within the framework of Unification of Central Asian Region.

Pinar ÜRE, second-year MA student. She received an undergraduate diploma from the Department of International Relations of Bilkent University in 2006 and has started her MA studies at the same department, at the Center for Russian Studies. In her academic researches, she mainly focuses on the Russian intellectual life throughout the 19th century.

Soohye BAEK, second-year MA student. After receiving a BA. degree in Turkish Studies from Hankuk University / S.Korea, she has started her graduate study at Bilkent University.  She has had professional experiences as a translator and interpreter in Turkish in S.Korea and Turkey. Her academic research topics include security and international energy policy in the region of Central Asia and Turkish foreign policy in Central Asia

Abdürrahim ÖZER , second-year MA student. He received an undergraduate diploma from the Department of International Relations of Bilkent University in 2006 and has started his MA studies at the same department, at the Center for Russian Studies. In his academic researches, he mainly focuses on the Ottoman-Russian relations throughout the 18th and 19th century. His thesis is planned to be within the framework of Ottoman-Russian relations between the years 1774-1787.

Mustafa Çağatay ASLAN, second-year MA student. He graduated from the Department of International Relations of Yeditepe University / Istanbul in 2006 and has started his MA studies at the Center for Russian Studies in Bilkent. In his academic researches, he mainly focuses on the social structures of the Central Asian Countries and on their effects to the political and economic life; especially in the case of Turkmenistan

Haili Burak SAKAL, first year MA student. He received an undergraduate diploma from the department of Business Administration of Ankara University in 2007 and has started his MA studies same year at the Center for Russian Studies. In his academic researches, he mainly focuses on Russian- Azerbaijan relations, especially throughout the 20th century.

Serkan KEÇECİ, first year MA student. He graduated from Department of Public Administration and Political Science of Fatih University/ Istanbul 2006 and has stated his MA studies, in 2007, at the Center for Russian Studies at Bilkent University. In his academic researches, he mainly focuses on Russo-Iranian relations during 19th century, especially diplomatic relations.