I received my PhD degree from New School for Social Research in New York. During my PhD year, I worked as an Adjunct Instructor at the City College of New York. In 2005 and 2006, I spend a two semesters in Mexico City as a visiting scholar at CIDE and UNAM respectively. Since 2008, I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Middle East Technical University. I am also serving as the chairperson of Latin and North America Studies Program at METU since 2010. I have published several articles and book chapters on decentralization policies, rural development and neoliberalism and Turkey. Recently, I authored a book published by Ashgate Publications. In the last three years, I have been undertaking fieldworks on rural development in Mexico and Turkey. In 2010, I received research funding to examine the impact of the recent global crisis on rural development in Turkey and Mexico.