Dr. Hürcan Asli Aksoy

  • Job title: Research Associate
  • Organization: Institute for Political Science
  • Working group: Chair of Middle East Politics and Society
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-24774
  • Fax number: +49 9131 85-26654
  • Email:
  • Address:
    Kochstraße 4
    91054 Erlangen
    Room 0.015
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  • Research Associate at the Chair for Middle East Politics and Society, Institute for Political Science (since August 2016)
  • Junior Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna (January – March 2015)
  • PhD candidate and lecturer at the Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen. Dissertation title: “Engendering Democracy in Turkey: Participation and Inclusion of Women’s Civil Society Organizations under AKP Rule) (May 2009 – December 2014)
  • Guest Researcher at the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS), University of Jordan, Amman (November – December 2012)
  • B.A and M.A (Magister Artium) in  Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Tübingen. Master thesis title: “The Democratization Efforts of the New Middle Class in Iran: The Interim Period: 1941-1953“ (2003 – 2008) 
  • Bachelor in Philosophy at the Bosphorus University, Istanbul (1997 – 2002)

  • Transition/Democratization
  • Political Regimes: Democratic and Authoritarian Regimes
  • Gender and Politics
  • Civil Society and Social Movements
  • State-Society Relations in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Women’s Rights and Movements in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Country and regional expertise: Turkey and its neighborhood (also Latin America)







Since 10/2016
Gender Equality Officer of the Social Sciences Department

  • Recipient of honorable mention of the Best Dissertation Prize 2016 given by the Women and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • Research Fellowship of Institute for Human Sciences (January – March 2015)
  • PhD Scholarship of Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit (April 2010 – January 2014)
  • DAAD Fellowship for Teaching-Assistantship at the University of Tübingen (summer terms 2010 and 2011)

  • M.A. level: Women and Politics in Authoritarian Regimes: Women’s Rights and Movements in the Middle East, (in German), (summer 2018)
  • B.A. level: „A New Turkey?“ Contemporary Issues in Turkish Politics (summer 2018)
  • B.A. level: In the Shadow of the Authoritarian Rule: State and Gender in the Middle East (winter 2017/18)
  • B.A. level: Democratization and Regime Change in outer – European Regions (in German), (winter 2017/18)
  • B.A. level: Introduction to Political Science (in German), (winter 2017/18)
  • B.A. level: A boon or bane? The Civil Society Debate in Democracies and Autocracies (in German), (summer 2017)
  • B.A. level: From “zero-problems policy” to “zero neighbors”: Current Issues in Turkish Foreign Policy (summer 2017)
  • B.A. level: Introduction to Political Science (in German), (winter 2016/17)
  • B.A. level: Gender and Politics in the Middle East (winter 2016/17)
  • B.A. level: Political System of Turkey: Between Democratic Consolidation and  Democratic Crisis (in German), (winter 2016/17)

University of Tübingen

  • M.A. level: Gender and Democracy in Turkey (University of Tübingen, summer 2012)
  • B.A. and M.A. level: Turkey’s Political System: Democratization or Democratic Consolidation? (University of Tübingen, summer 011)
  • B.A. level: Civil Society Debate in the Middle East: Political Development and Current Challenges (in German), (University of Tübingen, summer term 2010)
  • B. A. level: Women and Politics in Turkey (in German), (University of Tübingen, winter term 2009/2010)