Pelin Ayan Musil, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Letenska 5, Prague 1, Office no. 4.17


Pelin Ayan Musil, Ph.D. is a senior lecturer of political science at Anglo-American University. She earned her MA degree in Political Science from CEU (2005, Budapest) and PhD degree in Political Science from Bilkent University (2009, Ankara). During her PhD studies, she was awarded with a one-year Fulbright scholarship to study at Georgetown University. In 2013, she co-directed a research project titled ‘Public Portrayal of Turkey in Visegrad Countries’ funded by the International Visegrad Fund. Currently, she is the principal investigator of two research projects supported by the Czech Science Foundation (GA ČR).

In her research, Dr. Musil investigates the moderation of ethnic and religious parties in Turkey and analyses democratic recessions in the post-communist and Muslim world from a comparative perspective. She has recently been a short-term visiting scholar at Stanford University (June 2019).


Democratization, Regime Change, Political Parties and Party Systems, Movements, Qualitative Research, Contemporary Middle East and Turkey

Publications & Other Activities

  • Ayan Musil, P. and J Vašenda. 2019. “Party Regulation in Turkey: A Comparison with Modern Europe” Turkish Studies. Doi: 10.1080/14683849.2018.1564623.
  • Sayari, S., P. Ayan Musil, O. Demirkol (eds). 2018. Party Politics in Turkey. A Comparative Perspective. London: Routledge.
  • Ayan Musil, P. 2018. “Assessing the Level of Party Cartelization in Contemporary Turkey” in S. Sayari, P. Ayan Musil, O. Demirkol (eds.), Party Politics in Turkey. A Comparative Perspective. London: Routledge, pp. 80-97.
  • Ayan Musil, P. and Dikici Bilgin, H. 2016. “Types of outcomes in factional rivalries: lessons from non-democratic parties in Turkey,” International Political Science Review 37(2): 166-183.
  • Ayan Musil, P. 2016. “Democracy and Islam in Indonesia by Mirjam Künkler and Alfred Stepan, Columbia University Press.” Democratization 23(6): 1092-93. (book review)
  • Ayan Musil, P. 2015. “Emergence of a dominant party system after multipartism: Theoretical implications from the case of the AKP in Turkey,” South European Society and Politics, vol. 20 (1): 71-92.
  • Ayan Musil, P. 2015. “Zones of Rebellion by Aysegul Aydın and Cem Emrence, Cornell University Press.” International Affairs 91(5): 1182-84. (book review)
  • Ayan Musil, P. 2015. “Czech public opinion on Turkey’s accession to the EU: An analysis through the lenses of sociological and discursive institutionalism” New Perspectives 23(1): 71-96.
  • (in Turkish) Ayan Musil, P. 2015. “Nationalist Action Party: Ideology, Organization and Current Discourse” E. Bekaroglu (ed.) Parties and Campaigning during the 7-June-2015 Elections in Turkey. Istanbul: Vadi Press, pp. 159-186.
  • Ayan Musil, P. 2015. “Epistemological diversity in social science graduate curriculum: The experience from an American college in Czech Republic” Beytulhikme An International Journal of Philosophy, vol 5 (1): 47-57.
  • Ayan Musil, P. 2014. “Does antagonism precede agonism in challenging neoliberalism: The Gezi resistance in Turkey,” Acta Politologica, vol. 6 (3): 326-342.
  • (in Turkish) Ayan Musil, P. 2013. “Government Systems: Presidential and Parliamentary Systems” in S. Sayari and H. Dikici Bilgin (eds.), Comparative Politics, Istanbul Bilgi University Press, pp. 189-208.
  • Ayan Musil, P. and J. Mahfoud (eds). 2013. Research Report: Public Portrayal of Turkey in Visegrad Countries. Istanbul: Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM).
  • Ayan Musil, P. 2011. “Turkish democracy as a model for the Middle East?,” The New Presence, spring issue, no. 2: 12-19.
  • Ayan Musil, P. 2011. Authoritarian party structures and democratic political setting in Turkey. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Kennedy, N.F., N. Senses and P. Ayan, P. 2011. “Grasping the Social through Movies” Teaching in Higher Education, vol 16 (1): 1-14.
  • Ayan, P. 2010. “Authoritarian party structures in Turkey: A Comparison of the Republican People’s Party and the Justice and Development Party” Turkish Studies, vol 11 (2): 197-215.