Senem Aslan

Associate Professor of Politics



Pettengill Hall, Room 172


Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle; B.A., Bogazici University, Istanbul

A graduate of Bogazici University in Political Science and International Relations, Senem Aslan earned her Ph.D. in the Interdisciplinary Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Washington. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University between 2008 and 2010. At Bates, she teaches courses on Middle East politics, state-building, and nationalism. Her book, Nation-Building in Turkey and Morocco: Governing Kurdish and Berber Dissent, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. She also published articles in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Nationalities Papers, Oxford Handbook of Turkish Politics, and the European Journal of Turkish Studies. Her recent research focuses on the use of emotions for mobilization and legitimation in Turkey and the Middle East.

Teaching for Academic Year 2021-22

Fall 2021:
PLTC 262: Politics of the Modern Middle East
PLTC 260: Nationalism and Nation-Building

Winter 2022:
PLTC 205: State and Society in the Middle East
PLTC 333: State Building, State Development, and State Collapse

Other Courses that I Teach:
FYS 400: The U.S. in the Middle East
PLTC 311: Emotions and Politics
PLTC 456: Senior Thesis Seminar
PLTC s24: Politics of Imagery in the Middle East
PLTC s25: Turkey: From Empire to Nation (Off-campus short term course)