Yesilada, Birol A.

Biographical Statement 

Birol A. Yeşilada is professor of Political Science and International Studies at Portland State University (PSU). He is the Director of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government and the Center for Turkish Studies at Portland State. He is the holder of the endowed chair in Contemporary Turkish Studies in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government and is a member of the Board of TransResearch Consortium. He also served as Director of the Middle East Studies Center during 2014-17. He came to PSU in September 1998 from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was Chair of the Department of Political Science.

Dr. Yeşilada received his B.A. degree in 1977 in Neurobiology from the University of California at Berkeley, his M.A. in Political Science in 1979 from San Francisco State University and his Ph.D. in Political Science in 1984 from the University of Michigan.

His current research interests include: Global power transition, PI for the World Values Survey (Cyprus), the European Union, political and economic development of Turkey, radical Islam and terrorism, the Cyprus negotiations and international conflict resolution, and politics of economic reform in the emerging markets. His recent publications include several books, latest Global Power Transition and the Future of the European Union, EU-Turkey Relations in the 21st Century, Islamization of Turkey Under the AKP Rule, The Emerging European Union and over 30 articles and book chapters. He is the former co-editor-in-chief of International Studies Perspectives and former Associate editor of Middle East Studies Association Bulletin.