Seren Selvin Korkmaz is a political analyst and the executive director of IstanPol Institute, an Istanbul-based think tank. She is also 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 regularly appears both in Turkish and international media as a 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. She is currently based in both Istanbul and Stockholm.
B.A. and M.A. in political science and international relations, Boğaziçi University
PhD (ongoing) in Middle Eastern and Turkish studies, Stockholm University
Countries of Expertise
Issues of Expertise
Populism, political economy, social exclusion, political parties, voter perception, electoral strategies, identity politics, Turkish political history.