Kemal Kirişci

Professor, Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University

Professor Dr. Kemal Kirişci is a faculty member at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University and holds the Jean Monnet Chair. He was the Director of the Center for European Studies at Boğaziçi University from 2002 to 2008. He completed his PhD in 1986 at City University London. His research areas include European integration, immigration and asylum in the European Union, EU-Turkey relations, Turkey's foreign policy, and refugee movements. He previously taught at universities in the UK, Canada, Switzerland and the United States. His books include Land of Diverse Migrations: Challenges of Emigration and Immigration in Turkey (edited with A. İçduygu) (Istanbul: Bilgi University Press, 2009); Turkish Immigrants in the European Union: Determinants of Immigration and Integration (compiled with R. Erzan) (Routledge, London, 2007); Turkey In World Politics: An Emerging Multi-Regional Power (compiled with B. Rubin) (Lynne Reinner, Boulder, 2001); The Political Economy of the Middle East (three authors) (Routledge, London, 1998); Turkey and the Kurdish Question: An Example of a Trans-State Ethnic Conflict (co-author) (Frank Cass, London, 1997); and The PLO and World Politics, (Frances Pinters, London, 1986). Kirisci is one of the editors of the special issue of New Perspectives on Turkey on the transformation of Turkish foreign policy, which was published in May 2009. Kirişçi has prepared several reports on migration issues in EU-Turkey relations, which are available at In June 2010, he was a senior research fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, DC, and contributed to the report titled “Getting to Zero: Turkey, Its Neighbors and the West.” Kirişci won the Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award in June 2011.