Z. Ayca Arkilic

Z. Ayca Arkilic

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I am a Lecturer of Political Science and International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington. I received my PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in August 2016. Between 2013 and 2014, I was a Chateaubriand Fellow at the Institut d’Études Politiques of Paris and a visiting researcher at the Berlin Social Science Research Center's Migration, Integration, Transnationalization research unit. In Spring 2015, I was an Imam Tirmizi Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies. My work has appeared in the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs and in an edited volume from the Cambridge University Press, and is forthcoming in another edited volume from Brill.

My dissertation focuses on the impact of diaspora engagement policies on the political participation of immigrants. Based on my examination of Turkey, I argue that an origin state's shift from a passive to active engagement policy spurs immigrant groups to participate in host state politics. My findings draw on over 100 semi-structured interviews I conducted with policy-makers and immigrant organization leaders in France, Germany, and Turkey between 2013 and 2014. My dissertation also relies on a careful analysis of existing survey data, secondary literature, governmental and organizational reports, and press releases in my native language Turkish as well as in English, French, and German.

My research has been supported by the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Science Foundation, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Before moving to Austin, I received a BA degree in International Relations in Turkey, an MA degree in European Politics in Sweden, and an MA degree in Political Science in Hungary.