Sinan Ciddi

Sinan Ciddi
Visiting Assistant Professor
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Visiting Assistant Professor

Director of the Institute for Turkish Studies

Sinan Ciddi is an expert on Turkish domestic politics and foreign policy. He obtained his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2007 in the field of Political Science. Ciddi continues to author scholarly articles, opinion pieces and book chapters on contemporary Turkish politics and foreign policy, as well as participate in media appearances. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities at Georgetown, Ciddi also serves as the Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies.

Ciddi was born in Turkey and educated in the United Kingdom. He was previously an instructor at Sabanci University between 2004-2008 and completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the same institution between 2007-2008. Distinct from his articles and opinion editorials, Ciddi’s book titled Kemalism in Turkish Politics: The Republican People’s Party: Secularism and Nationalism (Routledge, January 2009) focuses on the electoral weakness of the Republican People’s Party.

Between 2008-2011, he established the Turkish Studies program at the University of Florida’s Center for European Studies.

Areas of Expertise: Turkey, Turkish Politics, Domestic and Foreign Policy.

  • Ph.D. (2007) School of Oriental & African Studies, London, Political Science
  • MA (2002) Exeter Uuniversity, Political Science
  • MA (2001) School of Oriental & African Studies, London, Turkish Studies
  • BS (1999) King’s College, London, Management



Sinan Ciddi. Kemalism in Turkish Politics: Secularism, Nationalism and the Republican People’s Party. New York & London: Routledge, 2009.

Articles in Journals

Sinan Ciddi.Political Opposition in Turkey: From Political Parties to the Gezi Protests.” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs (2014).

Sinan Ciddi & Berk Esen.Turkey’s Republican People’s Party: Politics of Opposition Under a Dominant Party System.” Turkish Studies (2014).

Sinan Ciddi.Turkey’s September 12 Referendum.” Middle East Review of International Affairs 15.4 (2011).

Berk Esen & Sinan Ciddi.Turkey’s 2011 Elections: An Emerging Dominant Party System?.” Middle East Review of International Affairs 15.3 (2011).

Sinan Ciddi.The Republican People’s Party and the 2007 Elections: Politics of Perpetual Decline.” Turkish Studies 9.3 (2008).

Articles in Books

Sinan Ciddi.Kemalist Critiques of the AKP Era.” Inside, Outside: 10 Years of the AK Party Government Revisited’. Ed. Umit Cizre & Burhanettin Duran. New York & London: Routledge, 2014.


Sinan Ciddi.Turkey’s Dark Clouds for Election Year 2014 .” Huffington Post 8 Aug. 2013: .

Sinan Ciddi.The Changing Channels of Political Participation: The Gezi Protests in Turkey.” Huffington Post 11 Jun. 2013: .

Sinan Ciddi.Who Governs? A Serious Problem for Turkey’s Justice and Development Party.” Huffington Post 6 Jun. 2013: .

Sinan Ciddi.Challenging ‘change’ within the CHP .” Hurriyet Daily News 28 Jan. 2013: .

Sinan Ciddi.Constitutional calculations and pitfalls.” Hurriyet Daily News 8 Dec. 2012: .

Sinan Ciddi.Erdo?an’s Continued Vision for Turkey and the Region.” Hurriyet Daily News 9 Oct. 2012: .

Sinan Ciddi. Dispensing with the Turkish model .” Hurriyet Daily News 14 Feb. 2012: .