Ayşe Kadıoğlu is Professor of Political Science and a faculty member at Sabancı University in Istanbul since 1998. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, Center for European Studies from 2018 - 2019. She was the Acting President (2016-2018) and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabancı University in Istanbul (2013-2017). She is a member of the Advisory Board of Columbia University, Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies. She is one of the Advisors for the online network Free Speech Debate that publishes in 13 languages. She was a deputy member of the Board of Directors of the Hrant Dink Foundation in Istanbul (2011-2015). She was also a Carr Center Fellow in 2019.
She holds a PhD in Political Science (1990, Boston University), M.A. in International Relations (1984, The University of Chicago), and Bach.Sci. in Political Science (1982, Middle East Technical University). Her fields of research are migration and citizenship studies, comparative nationalisms, political ideologies in Turkey, early twentieth century liberal thinkers in Turkey, women and Islam, Turkish secularism, memory and democracy. She has completed a research project titled “An Analysis of Citizenship Perceptions in Istanbul on the Basis of Political Party Orientations” at the end of 2016. She has recently been engaged in research on free speech and academic freedom and published an article titled “Reading John Stuart Mill in Turkey in 2017” in Middle East Law and Governance (10/2, 2018, pp.203-232).
At the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, her research will focus on the comparative study of the discourses of new authoritarian regimes where elections coexist with authoritarian mesures and the new challenges they pose for the opposition political parties especially in the cases of Turkey and Venezuela, while continuing to study the nature of democratic backsliding and the impact of the European Union processes in Poland.