Advisory Board

Alexander Cooley

Claire Tow Professor of Political Science and Director of the Harriman Institute

Alexander Cooley is Director of the Harriman Institute of Columbia University in New York City. Professor Cooley’s research examines how external actors– including international organizations, multinational companies, non-governmental organizations, and foreign military bases – have influenced the development and sovereignty of the former Soviet states, with a focus on Central Asia and the Caucasus. His first book–Logics of Hierarchy (Cornell University Press 2005)– examined the enduring legacies of Soviet rule in Eurasia and was awarded the 2006 Marshall Shulman Prize by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (co-winner). Professor Cooley also conducts research on the politics surrounding US and Russian military bases abroad. His second book– Base Politics: Democratic Change and the US Military Overseas (Cornell University Press 2008)– examines the politics surrounding US military bases in East Asia, Southern Europe and Central Asia. He is also co-author, with Hendrik Spruyt, of Contracting States: Sovereign Transfers in International Relations (Princeton University Press 2009). Cooley also wrote a book on the politics of US-Russia-China competition for influence in Central Asia, titled Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest for Central Asia (Oxford University Press, 2012).

In addition to his academic research, Professor Cooley serves on the Board of Advisors of the Central Eurasia Project of the Open Society Foundations, the Advisory Committee of the Europe and Central Asia Division of Human Rights Watch and the International Advisory Board of Central Asian Survey; he also has testified as an expert witness in front of the United States Congress about the politics surrounding the Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan and allegations of corruption in fuel contracting practices. Cooley has contributed policy-related articles and opinion pieces to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and The Washington Quarterly and he regularly provides commentary to international media outlets on Eurasia-related topics. His research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Open Society Foundations, Carnegie Corporation, Smith Richardson Foundation and the German Marshall Fund of the United States, among others. Cooley earned both his M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (1999) from Columbia University.

Emre Hatipoğlu

Associate Professor of Political Science, Coordinator European Studies Program, Sabancı University

Emre Hatipoğlu holds a BA from Boğaziçi University, an MA from Sabancı University, and obtained his PhD from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Hatipoğlu’s research employs quantitative and formal methods to examine the intersection of domestic politics and foreign policy. His work has appeared in journals such as Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Perspectives and Terrorism and Political Violence. Emre Hatipoglu is also a co-principal investigator in the I-POST project, which examines opinion formation trends among Turkish twitter users.

Ayşe Kadıoğlu

President, Sabancı University

Ayşe Kadıoğlu is President of Sabancı University, Istanbul. She is Professor of Political Science and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabancı University. She holds a PhD in Political Science (1990, Boston University), M.A. in International Relations (1984, The University of Chicago), B.S. in Political Science (1982, Middle East Technical University).

She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Istanbul. She is a Member of the Executive Board of the Education Reform Initiative at Sabancı University. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University, Stiftung Mercator Initiative. She has been a regular participant of Yale Law School’s ongoing annual Middle East Legal Studies Seminar since 2004. She is one of the Advisors for the online network Free Speech Debate. She was a deputy member of the Board of Directors of the Hrant Dink Foundation in Istanbul between 2011-2015 and a member of the International Hrant Dink Awards Committee between 2011-2016. She was a Visiting Scholar and Senior Associate Member at St Antony’s College, Oxford University in 2005 and 2010. She was a member of the Advisory Board of Bucerius PhD Program in Migration Studies, Zeit Stiftung between 2010-2013. She was a member of an Advisory Group of Council of Europe and co-authored a report titled Living Together: Combining Diversity and Freedom in 21st Century Europe in 2011.

Her fields of research are migration and citizenship studies, comparative nationalisms, political ideologies in Turkey, early twentieth century liberal thinkers in Turkey, women and Islam, Turkish secularism, memory and democracy. She is the author of various articles in Middle East Journal, Middle Eastern Politics, International Migration, Muslim World, Citizenship Studies, Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies, Middle East Law and Governance, Philosophy and Social Criticism.

She is also the author and/or editor of the following books: Cumhuriyet İradesi-Demokrasi Muhakemesi: Türkiye’de Demokratik Açılım Arayışları (Republican Will-Democratic Reason: Search for a Democratic Disclosure in Turkey), (Istanbul: Metis, 1999); Zaman Lekesi (Time Stain), (Istanbul Bilgi University Press, 2006); (author and editor) Vatandaşlığın Dönüşümü: Üyelikten Haklara (Transformation of Citizenship: From Membership to Rights), (Istanbul: Metis, 2008); (co-editor with Fuat Keyman) Symbiotic Antagonisms: Competing Nationalisms in Turkey (Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press, 2011); (co-editor with Kerem Öktem and Mehmet Karlı) Another Empire? A Decade of Turkey’s Foreign Policy Under the Justice and Development Party (Istanbul: Istanbul Bilgi University Press, 2012).

Eugenia Lean

Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultureas and Director of the Weatherhead Institute

Eugenia Lean received her BA from Stanford University (1990), and her MA (1996) and PhD (2001) from UCLA. She is interested in a broad range of topics in late imperial and modern Chinese history with a particular focus on the history of science and industry, mass media, consumer culture, emotions and gender, as well as law and urban society. She is also interested in issues of historiography and critical theory in the study of East Asia. She is the author of Public Passions: the Trial of Shi Jianqiao and the Rise of Popular Sympathy in Republican China (UC Press, 2007), which was awarded the 2007 John K. Fairbank prize for the best book in modern East Asian history, given by the American Historical Association. Professor Lean is currently researching a project titled “Manufacturing Knowledge: Chen Diexian, a Chinese Man-of-Letters in an Age of Industrial Capitalism,” which examines the practices and writings of polymath Chen Diexian, a professional writer/editor, science enthusiast, and pharmaceutical industrialist. A third book project focuses on China’s involvement in shaping twentieth-century global regimes of intellectual property rights from trademark infringement to patenting science. She was featured in “Top Young Historians,” History News Network (fall 2008) and received the 2013-2014 Faculty Mentoring Award for faculty in Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Brinkley Messick

Professor of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies and Director of the Middle East Institute

Brinkley Messick specializes in the anthropology of law, legal history, written culture, and the circulation and interpretation of Islamic law. He is the author of The Calligraphic State (1993), which was awarded the Albert Hourani Prize of the Middle Eastern Studies Association, and co-editor of Islamic Legal Interpretation (1996). His scholarly articles include “Indexing the Self: Expression and Intent in Islamic Legal Acts,” Islamic Law & Society (2001); “Written Identities: Legal Subjects in an Islamic State,” History of Religions (1998); “Genealogies of Reading and the Scholarly Cultures of Islam,” in S. Humphreys, ed. Cultures of Scholarship (1997); and “Textual Properties: Writing and Wealth in a Yemeni Shari a Case,” Anthropology Quarterly (1995).

He is at work on a book on the doctrine and court practice of Shari`a law in the pre-revolutionary twentieth-century Islamic state of highland Yemen. He is also interested in a critical review of anthropology’s early disinclination, as a matter of disciplinary identity, to deal with written sources.

He teaches courses on Islamic law; Islam and theory; and Muslim society. In 2009 he received the Outstanding Senior Scholar Award from the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association.

Dr.h.c. Dilek Sabancı

Dilek Sabancı was born in Adana. Following her father Sakıp Sabancı’s death, she has taken over his mission on social responsibility and charity in various organizations. Dr. h.c. Sabancı is a member of the board of overseers at Hacı Ömer Sabancı Foundation, the vice president at the Spastic Children Foundation of Turkey, and the honorary president of Special Athletes Education and Rehabilitation Association (Special Olympics) of Turkey.

Dilek Sabancı is the chairwoman of Vista Tourism and Travel Corporation, which she founded in 1989.

Dr. h.c. Sabanci grants scholarships and awards to a number of successful students and athletes around Turkey. She has received many awards for her support and contribution to education and the development of special students and their sports activities.

Dilek Sabancı, through the Sabancı Foundation, has sponsored the building and launch of numerous facilities dedicated to community service. Some of these monuments are “Dilek Sabancı Anatolia Trade Vocational High School” and “Dilek Sabancı Park” in İstanbul, “Dilek Sabancı Antalya Sports Complex” in Antalya, “Dilek Sabancı Smiling Faces Vocational Rehabilitation and Workplace Center” in Kocaeli, “Dilek Sabancı Conservatoire” at Selçuk University in Konya, and “Sakıp Sabancı City Museum” and “Dilek Sabancı Arts Gallery” in Mardin.

In 2016, Mardin Artuklu University conferred an “Honorary Doctorate” degree to Dilek Sabancı for her valuable contributions to the city of Mardin.

Fredrick Cornelius Harris

Dean of Social Science, ex officio, Professor of Political Science

Fredrick Harris is Professor of Political Science and directs the Center on African-American Politics and Society.  Professor Harris’s research interests include American politics with a focus on race and politics, political participation, social movements, religion and politics, political development, and African-American politics. His publications include Something Within: Religion in African-American Political Activism, which was awarded the V.O. Key Award by the Southern Political Science Association, the Best Book Award by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Best Book Award by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. He is also the co-author of Countervailing Forces in African-American Civic Activism,1973-1994 with Valeria Sinclair-Chapman and Brian McKenzie, which received the W.E.B. DuBois Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and the Ralph Bunche Award from the American Political Science Association for the best book on ethnic and cultural pluralism.

Professor Harris’s most recent books are The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and the Rise and Fall of Black Politics (2012), which is published by Oxford University Press, and, with Robert Lieberman, Beyond Discrimination: Racial Discrimination in a Post-Racist Era (2013), which is published by the Russell Sage Foundation. Professor Harris received the B.A. from the University of Georgia and the Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and is a recipient of the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award at Columbia.