Asli Karaca

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Political Science

Asli is a PhD candidate at Comparative Politics track. Her PhD research is on women’s politico-religious empowerment in Turkey and Egypt vis-à-vis the mainstream feminist and Islamist trends in both countries. Her curiosity to understand the relationship between religion and gender is the main motivation of her research.

Her broader research interests are comparative politics; social movements; gender, Islamic feminism, and qualitative methods. She has given public talks at the American University in Cairo (2014) and Tilos Radio (Budapest, 2014) on women’s movements, politics and Islam; and presented her research at European Conference on Politics and Gender (Lausanne 2017, Uppsala 2015); DAVO-DMG conference (Bochum 2015), ECPR conference (Glasgow 2014); International Islamic University (Islamabad, 2013) and ELTE (Budapest, 2012).

Asli was a visiting research fellow at the American University in Cairo (AUC) at the Middle East Studies Center in Fall 2014 and at the Political Science Department in Spring 2014.

She has been a participant at 'Hate Speech' Monologues at CEU since 2014. She worked as an intern at Community Volunteers Foundation (2008) in Istanbul. She volunteered at Cultural Awareness Foundation in Istanbul (2010) and in Little Hearts project for children at Koc University, Istanbul (2005).

Courses taught and assisted:

Introduction to International Relations and Political Science, Roma Graduate Preparation Program, CEU. Tutor (2015/2016)

Scope and Methods, Mandatory MA course, Political Science Department, CEU. Teaching Assistant (2012/2013),

Cross Cultural Perceptions and Representations, BA course, Political Science Department, AUC. Guest Lecturer at ‘Gender and Politics’ sessions (2014)


School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC
BA, International Relations, Koc University
MA, Political Science, Central European University

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