Ayca Arkilic

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Lecturer School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations


Teaching in 2019

Office hours:

Thursday 1:00-3:00pm


  • BA (Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey)
  • MA (Lund University, Sweden)
  • MA (Central European University, Hungary)
  • MA (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • PhD (University of Texas at Austin, USA)


Ayca joined VUW in June 2017 after completing her PhD in Government at the University of Texas at Austin. Trained as a comparativist, Ayca’s work focuses on state-diaspora relations as well as on immigration and refugee politics in Western Europe. Between 2013 and 2014, Ayca was a Chateaubriand Fellow at Sciences Po-Paris and a visiting researcher at the Berlin Social Science Research Center’s (WZB) Migration, Integration, Transnationalization research unit. In Spring 2015, she was an Imam Tirmizi Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies.

Research Areas:

Ayca’s research interests include comparative immigration studies, diaspora studies, transnationalism, Western European politics, EU politics, Turkish (and Middle Eastern) politics, Islam in Europe, and religion and politics.

Research Projects:

Ayca is currently preparing a book manuscript that builds on her prior research on immigrant political participation in Europe. Her book looks at the evolution of Turkey’s diaspora policies since the 1960s and details the implications of Ankara’s policy change in diaspora affairs for Turkish expatriates’ political participation in France and Germany as well as for Turkey’s relations with French and German governments. Ayca is also interested in exploring the implications of the refugee crisis for host countries and immigrant groups. Ayca is working on the following research papers:

  • “The Impact of Diaspora Policies on Immigrant Political Participation: Evidence from Turkey”
  • “Integrating the Religious ‘Other’: The Political Inclusion of Alevis in Turkey and Germany” (with Ayse Ezgi Gurcan)
  • “Intergroup Relations Between Old and New Immigrant Groups: Turks and Syrians in Germany” (with Mine Tafolar)


Ayca is interested in supervising students on the following topics:

  • Immigration and refugee politics
  • European & EU politics
  • Middle Eastern politics
  • Religion and politics

Current supervisions: Pavithra Jayawardena (PhD),

Recent supervisions: Sunayna Raman (MIR), Tung Nguyen (MIR), Sam Chambers (MSS), Sachithra Rathnayake (MIR)

Recent Publications:

  • “The Alevi Diaspora in France: Homeland Politics and Host State Attachment.” In Alevi Identity Revisited, edited by Hege Markussen, Besim Can Zirh, Derya Ozkul, and Cemil Boyraz. Leiden: Brill (Forthcoming)
  • “How Turkey’s outreach to its diaspora is inflaming tensions with Europe.” Washington Post. March 26 (2018)
  • “The 2017 Turkish Constitutional Referendum: Domestic and Transnational Implications.” New Zealand Journal of Research on Europe 12 (1) (2018)
  • “Cooperation, Emulation, Rapprochement: The Changing Dynamics of the Turkish Islamic Organizational Landscape in Europe.” In Muslims in the UK and Europe, edited by Yasir Suleiman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Center for Islamic Studies Press (2016)
  • “Economic Integration of Immigrants into the Workforce.” Co-authored with Daniel Hogenkamp, Dorottya Hoor, Annie Schnitzer, and Ben Thom. Review of European and Transatlantic Affairs 2 (1) (2016)
  • “The Limits of European Islam: Turkish Islamic Umbrella Organizations and Their Relations with Host Countries—France and Germany.” Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 35: 1 (2015)
  • “Alte Heimat, neue Heimat: Auch die Türkei beeinflusst die Integration von Migranten in Europa.” WZB Mitteilungen 144 (2014)
  • “Turkey’s Diaspora Politics on the Eve of the Presidential Elections.” Hürriyet Daily News. July 3 (2014)
  • “An Immigrant Party in the German Elections.” Hürriyet Daily News. December 7 (2013)

Selected Conference Papers:

  • 2019: American Political Studies Association (Washington, D.C.), International Studies Association (Toronto, Canada), Council for European Studies (Madrid, Spain)
  • 2018: International Political Studies Association (Brisbane, Australia), New Zealand Political Studies Association (Wellington, New Zealand), and Midwest Political Science Association (Chicago, USA)
  • 2017: Midwest Political Science Association (Chicago, USA); Humboldt Colloquium (Washington D.C., USA)
  • 2016: American Political Science Association (Philadelphia, USA); Council for European Studies (Philadelphia, USA); European Horizons Conference (New Haven, USA)
  • 2015: American Political Science Association (San Francisco, USA); Muslims in the UK and Europe Symposium (Cambridge, UK); Oxford Center for Islamic Studies Colloquium (Oxford, UK); British Association for Islamic Studies (London, UK); Midwest Political Science Association (Chicago, USA)
  • 2014: Turkish Migration Conference (London, UK); Midwest Political Science Association (Chicago, USA); Council for European Studies (Washington D.C., USA)
  • 2013: WZB Colloquium (Berlin, Germany); RECODE Colloquium (Dublin, Ireland)
  • 2012: Council for European Studies (Boston, USA); Midwest Political Science Association (Chicago, USA)
  • 2010: Middle Eastern Studies Association (San Diego, USA)
  • 2008: European Consortium for Political Research (Riga, Latvia)


Teaching in 2019