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Political Science Department

Feryaz Ocakli


Feryaz Ocakli Profile Picture 2012

Contact Information & Background:

Associate Professor of Political Science
Model UN Advisor
Ladd 315, Phone: 518-580-5246
Personal website

Ph.D. & M.A., Brown University
B.Sc., Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey 


Democracy and Political Islam; Islamist and Ethnic Politics; Comparative Political Economy of Development; Middle East Politics


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Notable Networks: Elite Recruitment, Organizational Cohesiveness, and Islamist Electoral Success in Turkey”
Politics & Society, Forthcoming, September 2015

“Political Entrepreneurs, Clientelism, and Civil Society: Supply-Side Politics in Turkey”
Democratization, Forthcoming 2015

“One Shield, Two Responses: Explaining the Opposition to the United States Missile Defense Shield” (with Yelena Biberman)
Politics & Policy, Forthcoming 2015

Work in Progress

Embedded Islamists: Local Elites and Electoral Strategies in Turkey (Book manuscript)
“Colonialism and Legal Institution Building in the Middle East”
“Oil-Fueled Insurgencies: Lootable Wealth in Syria and Nigeria” (with Matthew Scotch)
“Development Policy and Party-Business Relations in Turkey”

Non-Peer Reviewed

"Political Parties," The Islamic World: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Society, M.E. Sharpe, Forthcoming
"The Kurdish Closing," Foreign Policy In Focus, December 22, 2009
"Unwelcomed Missiles" (with Yelena Biberman), Russia Profile, December 29, 2009


2015 - Sabbatical Enhancement Grant, Skidmore College
2014 - Carrico Family Faculty Enrichment Grant, Skidmore College
2013 - Faculty Development Grant, Skidmore College
2011 - Brown Undergraduate Council of Students Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Brown University
2011 - Travel Grant, American Political Science Association
2009 - World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship, Smith Richardson Foundation
2008 - Graduate School Internal Dissertation Fellowship, Brown University
2007 - Watson Institute for International Affairs Graduate Program in Development Summer Fieldwork Grant, Brown University
2004 - Graduate Fellowship, Brown University
2002 - Turkish Education Foundation Scholarship, TEV


GO 233: Political Islam GO 239: Middle Eastern Politics
GO 347: Making States, Building Democracies
GO 349: States, Markets and Politics in Developing Countries GO 103: Introduction to Comparative and International Politics
GO 375: Senior Thesis in Government
IA 376: Senior Seminar in International Affairs
IA 101: Introduction to International Affairs
SSP100: Across the Bridge: Turkish Politics in Historical Perspective


New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Woodstock, VT (April 25-26, 2014)
Annual Meeting of the New England Middle East Politics Workshop, Burlington, VT (April 4-6, 2014)
Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (April 3-6, 2014)
Association for the Study of Nationalities Convention, New York, NY  (April 18-20, 2013)
Annual Meeting of the New England Middle East Politics Workshop, Waltham, MA (March 1-2, 2013)
Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (April 12, 2012)
American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA (September 3, 2011)
Annual Meeting of the New England Middle East Politics Workshop, Providence, RI (March 11, 2011)
Harvard University Middle East Politics Workshop (March 2, 2011)
Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (April 23, 2010)
Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (November 25, 2008)


US Department of State, Washington D.C. (July 23, 2014)
Social Justice Month, Public Address, Skidmore College (November 11, 2014)
Saratoga Reads, Public Address, Saratoga Springs, NY (May 13, 2014)
Newcomb Foreign Affairs Roundtable, Public Address, Newcomb, NY (February 26, 2015 and October 24, 2013)
University of Kashmir, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir (March 2012)