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Banu Turnaoglu wins leading dissertation prize

last modified Mar 30, 2016 10:28 AM

We are delighted to announce that POLIS postdoc Banu Turnaoglu has won the Sir Ernest Barker Prize for Best Dissertation in Political Theory for her thesis “The Formation of Turkish Republicanism (1299-1923)”.  The Sir Ernest Barker Prize is a leading annual prize of the Political Studies Association.

Banu’s exceptional dissertation has received high praise from Professor Şükrü Hanioğlu, the leading world authority in the field. “The dissertation is clearly written, logically structured, and carefully researched….Truly it is a work of depth, narrative power, and substantive importance”.

David Runciman, Head of POLIS, said "I'd like to offer my personal congratulations to Banu Turnaoglu on this very prestigious award.  Banu's research on the intellectual origins of Turkish republicanism is fascinating as history and at the same time deeply topical.  It cuts across disciplines and regions to provide important insights into some fundamental tensions of modern politics at the intersection between East and West.  Her work represents the best of POLIS and we are delighted with her success."

Banu was presented with her prize at the PSA Annual International Conference in Brighton on 22nd March.