Edgar Şar is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Bogazici University. He graduated cum laude and received his B.A. degree in Political Science and International Relations from Marmara University and received his Masters degree in Political Science from Bogazici University with his thesis “The Relationship Between Secularism and Democracy: The Case of Turkey in the 2000s”. In his current researches, he specifically focuses on populist autocratization and the role of democratic institutions in this process. His research interests include theories of secularism and democracy, democratization, state-religion-society relations in Turkey and the Middle East and constitutional law. Şar, who is currently a content and opinion contributor at Medyascope.tv, is a co-founder and the current chair of Istanbul-based think tank İstanbul Political Research Institute (IstanPol).