Dr Ceren Lord

Dr Ceren Lord

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow (OSGA)
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Ceren Lord is currently British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, with Middle East Studies at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA), where she was previously a Sasakawa Peace Foundation Postdoctoral Research Officer. 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 (Diyanet) 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 (BIAA) 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: 
  • 2019, 'The Evolving Politics of Turkey’s Ulema: The Case of the Diyanet,' forthcoming in Middle Eastern Studies
  • 2019, 'Sectarianized Securitization in Turkey in the Wake of the 2011 Arab Uprisings,' forthcoming in Middle East Journal
  • October 2018, Book: ‘Religious Politics in Turkey: From the Birth of the Republic to the AKP,’ Cambridge University Press
  • 2017, ‘The Story Behind the Rise of Turkey’s Ulema,’ 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
  • January 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
  • April 2012, ‘The Persistence of Turkey's Majoritarian System of Government,’ Government and Opposition
  • 10 September 2010, ‘Don’t Sweeten the Bitter Pill of an Illiberal Democracy,’ Open Democracy