I received my PhD in December 2008 from the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (minor in political science) at Indiana University.
I was a British Academy Newton Fellow from 2016 to 2021 and a visiting scholar at the Davis Center, Harvard University, between 2016 and 2017.
I currently teach at the International Relations Department of Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey.
I'm also a faculty member and chair of the Eurasia Studies Program at the same institution. Concurrently, I serve as the vice dean for the Graduate School of Social Sciences at METU.
My research interests cover the former Soviet region (FSU), nation-building, peace and conflict studies, migration, and diaspora studies.
I've published in journals such as International Political Science Review, International Migration, Central Asian Survey, Nationalities Papers, and Bilig (Journal of the Social Sciences of the Turkic World).