Assist. Prof. Dr. Bilge AZGIN

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Bilge Azgın was born in Nicosia Cyprus in 1980. After finishing high school at Türk Marif College, he did his bachelor degree at the Louisiana State University where he majored in History and minored in Philosophy and Political Science. Bilge Azgın then did his master degree in Political Science at the Portland State University between 2003 and 2005 as a Fulbright Scholar. After finishing his MA degree, he taught courses at the International Cyprus University and at the University of Cyprus. Throughout his education, he took an active role in political issues and wrote articles in various newspapers.

Bilge Azgın pursued his academic career at the University of Manchester and enrolled to the PhD Programme at the Politics Department in 2008. During his PhD dissertation, he specialized in democratization theories and wrote his dissertation on the uneasy democratization process in Turkey during the post-Helsinki period (1999-2009). While scrutinizing the problems of democratization in Turkey during the EU Accession process, his PhD dissertation critically sought to link Turkey’s democratization problems with the wider comparative theoretical literature on democratization, secularism, populism and post-Islamism.

After receiving his PhD diploma in January 2013, he continued to teach courses at the University of Manchester. Since September 2013, he has started to teach at the Near Eastern University while keeping his affiliation at Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (University of Manchester).