Gönül Tol

Dr. Gönül Tol is the founding director of The Middle East Institute’s Center for Turkish Studies. She is also an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies and writes a weekly column for the liberal Turkish daily Radikal.

She received her Ph.D. in political science from Florida International University, where she was a graduate fellow at the Middle East Studies Center.  After three years of field research in Germany and the Netherlands, she wrote her dissertation on the radicalization of the Turkish Islamist movement Milli Gorus in Western Europe. 

She was also an adjunct professor at the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University. She has taught courses on Islamist movements in Western Europe, Turkey, world politics, and the Middle East.

She has written extensively on Turkey-U.S. relations, Turkish domestic politics, and foreign policy and the Kurdish issue. She is a frequent media commentator.

Education
B.A. at Middle East Technical University; M.A. at Florida International University; Ph.D. at Florida International University

Languages
Turkish

Countries of Expertise
Turkey

Issues of Expertise
Political Islam, Islamist Movements, Immigration, Ethnic and Religious Identity Formation, Role of Identity in Foreign Policy making, Social Movements and their Radicalization Process, Muslim Populations in Western Europe

Contact: gtol@mei.edu

Sample Interview:

June 8, 2015: An Interview with Gonul Tol.