Sule is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Her general field is Comparative Politics, and she is particularly interested in Political Behaviour and Democratization. Her current research interest lies in the interaction between political violence and political culture in democratic nations. Her dissertation, tentatively titled as ‘The Legacy of Political Violence on Democratic Landscape’ entails both large-N cross-national analysis and fieldwork in three selected democratic countries. She is a member of Liu Institute’s ‘Contemporary Conflict Group’.
She holds a BSc in Political Science and Public Administration, and a minor degree in Economic Policy from Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey); an MSc in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics (UK), and an MA in Political Science from Bilkent University(Ankara, Turkey).
She received the prestigious Chevening Scholarship from TEV-British Council Common Fund for her master’s degree at LSE. Her PhD work at UBC is being funded by a Four-Year Fellowship. In September 2011, she also received Ibn Battuta Award for her fieldwork in Turkey.
Sule had worked on two major research projects before she started her PhD. She was the head assistant in Ankara for the project titled ‘Islamic-Conservative and Secular Constituencies and Democracy in Turkey’. Then, as a research assistant at Bilkent University (Ankara), she carried out the project titled ‘Gender in Political Thinking: A Research on the Question of Equality of Men and Women in the 23rd Period of the Turkish Grand National Assembly’.
She has been a resident member of UBC’s Green College since September 2009. In Green College, she is one of the convenors of the Resident Members’ Series, a member of the Resident’s Council and a member of the Membership Committee.
Supervisor: Prof. Richard Johnston