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Seren Selvin Korkmaz

Executive Director

Seren Selvin Korkmazreceived her BA and MA degrees from the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University, Turkey. She is a doctoral researcher at Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies and teaches Turkish and Middle Eastern politics. Previously a Fox International Fellow at Yale University, she works as non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington D.C. She regularly appears both in Turkish and international mediaasa political commentator, reflecting on the ongoing politico-economic developments and discussions. 


Through her engagements in a wide spectrum of academic and non-governmental initiatives since 2013, Seren strives to bridge civil society, academia, and public policy through her research outputs and policy recommendations. Until 2017, she was the Turkey director of the Political and Social Research Institute of Europe (PS:EUROPE), an Austria- and Turkey- based institute that she co-founded.She was recently selected to be a part of the “Young Leadership Program” of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Turkey. Seren is also the co-founder IstanPol Institute.


Her research interests include populism, political parties, voter perception, election strategies and political economy of exclusion. Her current research focuses on the responses of center and left-wing political parties to populism, their programs, and strategies.