I hold an MA in Asian Studies from Boğaziçi University. I base my work on the elite theories of Michels, Pareto, and Mosca, and Weberian theories, and focus primarily on Japan and South Korea. With regards to Japan, I am interested in elite, religious, and party politics, while for South Korea I am interested in Korean “comfort women”, national identities and the Korean Wave. I am also interested in urban sociology, focusing on how the socio-political finds its reflections on the city.

My master’s thesis titled “Understanding Jimintō (Liberal Democratic Party) Factionalism as a Structure of Elite Circulation in Japanese Politics” focuses on LDP factions as structures through which circulation of elites occurs in the political circles of Japan, with an eye towards both a better understanding of LDP’s factions within the context of Japan’s ruling class and to add to the existing literature on elite theory as well.

As an undergraduate student I was in the Dual Diploma Program, majoring in Global and International Affairs at Middle East Technical University and SUNY Binghamton University. I hold a BSc. in Global and International Affairs from both colleges, as well as a double major BA in Sociology from Binghamton University. Over the course of my studies, I have become accustomed to multidisciplinary studies and qualitative research.


BSc. Global and International Affairs, 2019, Middle East Technical University

BSc. Global and International Affairs, 2019, SUNY at Binghamton

BA. Sociology, 2019, SUNY at Binghamton

MA. Asian Studies, 2022, Boğaziçi University

Blog Posts


    Association for Asian Studies, March 2019

    Asiatic Society of Japan, March 2019

    Japanese Studies Association (Japonya Araştırmaları Derneği), April 2021

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