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Gul M. Kurtoglu Eskisar received her B.A. in International Relations from Bilkent University in 1995 as valedictorian. She continued her graduate studies in the USA as a Fulbright scholar, and received both her M.A. degree in international relations in 1997 and Ph.D. degree in political science at the University of Chicago in 2003. During her graduate studies, she was awarded several scholarships and grants, including those from the University of Chicago and Andrew Mellon Foundation. Since 2010, Dr.Kurtoglu Eskisar has served as an associate professor in the International Relations department at Dokuz Eylul University. Some of her published works include a co-edited book on political Islamist movements around the world and several articles devoted to the same theme. She also has publications on democratization, patronage and corruption in English and Turkish.