Görkem is a recipient of a modular doctoral program grant supported by the Higher Education Support Program (HESP) of the Open Society Foundations (OSF).
Besides his doctoral studies in the Political Science department (International Relations Major and Nationalism Studies Minor) at CEU, Görkem is a full-time faculty at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) since 2012.
Görkem received his Mgr. in Political Science - European Politics from Masaryk University in Czechia, his M.A. in European Studies from Istanbul Bilgi University, and his B.A in International Relations from Cyprus International University.
His research interests include (state) identity and foreign policy, biopolitics, imperialism, discourse analysis, post-structuralism, democracy and illiberal regimes, diaspora politics, digital ethnography, migration, and transnationalism.