Dr Ceren Lord

Dr Ceren Lord

Postdoctoral Research Officer in Middle East Studies (SIAS)
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Ceren Lord is currently a Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellow and Post-Doctoral Research Officer in Middle East Studies at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS). She completed her PhD in May 2015 at the London School of Economics, Government Department, focusing on the role of the state and the ulema in the rise of political Islam in Turkey. She holds a master’s degree from Oxford University (St Antony’s College) in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. Alongside her academic career, Ceren previously worked in finance as an economist focusing on Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She is a regular contributor to the Economist Intelligence Unit, Associate Editor at the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies and the lead editor for the British Institute at Ankara Contemporary Turkey series published  by I.B. Tauris.

Research and expertise: religious political movements, Islamism; secularism and state-religion relations; the role of the ulema and changing nature of Islamic authority; comparative democratisation and the dynamics of authoritarian persistence; nationalism and nation-building; sectarianism and ethno-religious mobilisation in Turkey and the Middle East, the Alevi movement. 

Selected Publications: 

2018, Book: ‘Religious Politics in Turkey: From the Birth of the Republic to the AKP,’ forthcoming in 2018 by Cambridge University Press

2017, ‘The Story Behind the Rise of Turkey’s Ulema,’ forthcoming by Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP)

November 2016, ‘The “Alevi Openings” and Turkish Nationalism,’ Turkish Studies

July 2016, ‘Between Islam and the Nation; Nation-building, the Ulama and Alevi Identity in Turkey,’ Nations and Nationalism

Jan 2017, ‘Situating Change Under the AKP,’ Chapter in M. Ersoy, E. Ozyurek (eds), Contemporary Turkey at a Glance II. Springer VS, Wiesbaden

2015, ‘Rethinking the Role of the Ulama in Turkey,’ Heritage Turkey, No.15

Apr 2012, ‘The Persistence of Turkey's Majoritarian System of Government,’ Government and Opposition

10 Sep 2010, ‘Don’t Sweeten the Bitter Pill of an Illiberal Democracy,’ Open Democracy