Promotions at CASE (College of Administrative Sciences and Economics)

Author: CASE

Dear Colleagues,


I am very pleased to announce that in their most recent meetings the Board of Trustees approved the promotion of Dr. Levent Koçkesen, Dr. Bahar Rumelili, Dr. Murat Somer, and Dr. Şuhnaz Yılmaz Özbağcı to the rank of Professor and the promotion of Dr. Nükhet Harmancıoğlu and Dr.  Belgin Şan-Akca to the rank of Associate Professor.

Dr. Levent Koçkesen received his Ph.D. in Economics from New York University in 1999. Prior to joining Koç University in 2005, he worked as a faculty member at the Department of Economics, Columbia University. Dr. Koçkesen’s research focuses on game theory, microeconomic theory, economics of information and contract theory. He received several grants and awards, including The Alfred P. Sloan Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. He has published his work in many scholarly journals such as the Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Theory, and Games and Economic Behavior.

Dr. Bahar Rumelili’s fields of expertise are international relations theory and European integration studies. After receiving her PhD in Political Science at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Rumelili joined the International Relations Department at Koç University as an assistant professor in 2005 and was promoted to associate professor in 2011. She has authored and edited three books, 24 research articles, and 16 book chapters on European identity, identity and foreign policy, ontological security studies, and Turkish civil society and European citizenship.  She has received the Jean Monnet Chair Award from the European Commission in 2008, the Turkish Academy of Sciences’ Distinguished Young Scientist Award in 2009, and the Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council’s (TUBITAK) Incentive Award in 2014. She has been the primary investigator in three research projects funded by the EU and one funded by TUBITAK.

Dr. Murat Somer received his Ph.D. in Political Economy and Public Policy from the University of Southern California in 2000 and was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Modern Ethnic Conflicts at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has taught at Koç University since 2002 and was promoted to associate professorship in 2008. He was a Democracy and Development Fellow at Princeton University, a visiting scholar and associate at Harvard University, and a Senior Visiting Scholar at Stockholm University. His research addresses questions of democratization and authoritarianism, social and political polarization, identity constructions and political behavior, ethnic conflicts and nationalism, and religious and secular politics, with emphasis on political Islam and political secularism, the Kurdish Question, and the politics of Turkey, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. His writings have been published in prominent books, book volumes and journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Democratization, and the ANNALS. Murat Somer is a frequent contributor to Turkish and international media and civil society as an expert, commentator, and advisor. His research was awarded a Sabancı-Brookings International Research Award (2009) and his book on the Turkish and Kurdish Question won the Sedat Simavi Prize in Social Sciences (2015).


Dr. Şuhnaz Yılmaz Özbağcı received her PhD from Princeton University in 2000. She conducted post-doctoral studies at Harvard University and held visiting faculty positions at Princeton, Stanford and UCLA. She was promoted to associate professorship in 2008. Her research and publications focus particularly on foreign policy analysis, international affairs of Eurasia and the Middle East, energy and natural resource politics, international security, and diplomatic history. She received numerous research awards, including the Sakip Sabanci International Research Award (2007) and the Distinguished Young Scientist Award of the Turkish Academy of Science (GEBIP) (2008). She currently conducts Horizon 2020 project The Future of EU-Turkey Relations (FEUTURE) supported by the European Commission. She has publications in prestigious journals in her field such as International Politics and Political Science Quarterly.  Her book on Turkish-American Relations entitled Turkish-American Relations (1800-1952): Between the Stars, Stripes and the Crescent (2015) was published by Routledge Press International Relations Series. Dr. Yılmaz Özbağcı serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies and Turkish Studies and Michigan State University’s Eurasian Political and Public Policy Book Series. Due to her distinguished contributions in the field of teaching, she received the Outstanding Teaching Award at CASE (2012) and the Koç University Outstanding Teaching Award (2016). Since 2017, she serves as the Associate Dean of CASE.


Dr. Nükhet Harmancıoğlu received her Ph.D. in Marketing from Michigan State University in 2006. Her research interests span the fields of marketing strategy, innovation management, and international marketing. Her major research areas are the adverse and favorable effects of competition (knowledge spillovers and leakage), the duality of competition and collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship in emerging markets, and financial returns to marketing and innovation-related decisions. She has published in leading journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Product Innovation Management and Journal of Academy of Marketing Science. She has won a number of awards including the 2006 Academy of Marketing Science Jane Fenyo Best Student Research Award and the 2005 PDMA Dissertation Proposal Competition. She also raised external support for her research from institutions such as FP7 Marie Curie Program, Product Development Management Association, Institute for the Study of Business Markets (Penn State), and International Commerce Institute and Unilever. 


Dr. Belgin San-Akca received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Davis in 2009 and was a visiting scholar at the Center for Middle East Studies at Harvard University in 2011. Her research focuses on international security, transnational dimensions of domestic conflict, terrorism and non-state armed groups, and the Middle East conflict. Before coming to Koç University, she worked as a research assistant and consultant for various projects and taught classes at University of California, Davis and Berkeley. She is the recipient of a Marie Curie Reintegration Grant (2011-2015), the Turkish Academy of Sciences Outstanding Young Scientists Award (2016-2018), and Science Academy Outstanding Young Scientist Award (2017-2018). She served as a management committee member of a COST action, the European Network of Conflict Research (ENCoRe) (2013-2016) and an at-large representative at the International Studies Association’s Governing Council (2017-2018). Currently, she is an associate editor of Conflict Management and Peace Science and a member of the Correlates of War (COW) Project Advisory Board. She was given the title of Associate Professor by Turkish Higher Education Council in 2017. Her publications appeared at prestigious international relations journals, such as International Studies Quarterly and Journal of Conflict Resolution. Her book, States in Disguise: Causes of State Support for Rebel Groups, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016.


Zeynep Gürhan Canlı


College of Administrative Sciences and Economics