Erdem Demirtaş


Erdem Demirtaş
Department of Political Science and International Relations
Bebek 34342, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 359 6805



September, 2012- present: PhD, Boğaziçi University, Department of Political Science and International Relations

        -Major: Comparative Politics
        -Minor: International Politics
        -Area of Specialization: Political Economy of Development / Comparative Judicial Politics

August, 2019-June 2020- Visiting Doctoral Researcher. University of California, Berkeley. School of Law, Center for the Study of Law and Society

September, 2009- April, 2012: MA, Yıldız Technical University, Department of Political Science and International Relations

       -The Title of M.A. Thesis: Authoritarian Regimes in the Middle East
        Thesis committee: Prof. Haldun Gülalp (advisor), Prof. Ziya Öniş (Koç University), Assoc. Prof. Yüksel Taşkın (Marmara University)

September, 2004- June, 2009: Kadir Has University, Department of International Relations




Ortadoğu’da Devlet ve İktidar: Otoriter Rejimler Üzerine Bir İnceleme, Metis, 2014.

Book Review

 Erdem Demirtaş (2015). Review of Ryan Gingeras 'Heroin, Organized Crime, and the Making of Modern Turkey' New Perspectives on Turkey, 52, pp 165-169. 


Erdem Demirtaş (2016) Otoriter Rejimler ve Bilginin Yönetimi, Birikim, 322


2019 June, "Transformation of Turkish Judiciary: The Role of Islamic Groups and Informal Networks", Annual Meeting of Law and Society Associations, Washington DC, USA.

Invited Speaker

February 2020. "What political science can tell us about the courts: Lessons for the US Supreme Court". Sonoma State University, Criminology&Criminal Justice Studies. California, USA.

Research Interests:

-       Comparative Judicial Politics
-       Authoritarian Regimes and Democratization
-       Political Economy of Development
-       Middle East Politics

Work Experience / Internships:

May, 2014 – present: Research Assistant, Boğaziçi University Department of Political Science and International Relations
February, 2013 – April, 2014: Research Assistant, Koç University Department of International Relations
October, 2010 – December, 2011: Student Assistant, Yıldız Technical University Center For Global Studies



2020 February-March. Introduction to R Programming. UC Berkeley, Digital Humanities Lab

Language Skills:

-    English (advanced)
-    Spanish (B1)


 -August, 2019- June, 2020: Fulbright Dissertation Research Fellowship
 -December, 2009 – September, 2011: Prime Minister's Scholarship