Pelin Ayan Musil, Ph.D.

Letenska 5, Prague 1, Office no. 4.17


Dr. Musil is a senior lecturer at Anglo-American University and a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations (IIR) in Prague. She earned her MA degree in political science from Central European University in 2005 and a Ph.D. in political science from Bilkent University in 2009.

During her doctoral studies, she was awarded a one-year Fulbright scholarship to study at the Department of Government at Georgetown University, and, in June 2019, she was a short-term visiting scholar at Stanford University through the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.

Musil likewise served as the principal investigator for the research studies “Democratic Recessions in the Post-Communist and Muslim World: An Institutional Approach” and “Transformation of Islamist Parties in Turkey” through the Czech Science Foundation.


Democratization, regime change, political parties and party systems, social movements, qualitative research, contemporary Turkey

Publications & Other Activities

  • Ayan Musil, P. (2023) How Opposition Parties Unite in Competitive Authoritarian Regimes: The Role of an Intermediary Party. Democratization. DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2023.2260762.
  • Ayan Musil, P., & Yardımcı-Geyikçi, Ş. (2023). Transnationalization of Opposition Strategy under Competitive Authoritarianism: Evidence from Turkey and Hungary. Government and Opposition. 1-19. DOI:10.1017/gov.2023.19.
  • Ayan Musil, P. & Çevik, S. (2023) Regime Trajectories of Tunisia and Turkey: A Comparative Analysis. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. DOI: 10.1080/13530194.2023.2219637.
  • Ayan Musil, P. (2023) The AKP’s Appeal to the Kurdish Vote in Turkey. Exploring the Role of an Outsider Identity. Archiv Orientalni 91(2): 205-228. 
  • Ayan Musil, P. (2022) Transformation of Kurdish and Islamist Parties in Turkey and Consequences for Regime Change. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Ayan Musil, P. (2021) Revisiting the Concept of Moderation in the Age of Populism: The AKP Case of Turkey, Middle East Law and GovernanceOnline First. DOI: 10.1163/18763375-13031260.
  • Anisin A. & Pelin Ayan Musil (2023) Resistance and Military Defection in Turkey. Mediterranean Politics 28(2): 202-226.
  • Ayan Musil, P. and J. Maze (2021) Pro-Rebel Party Behavior during Civil Wars: The Case of the Pro-Kurdish Parties in Turkey, Civil Wars23 (1): 25-56.
  • Anisin A. & P. Ayan Musil (2022) Protester-Police Fraternization in the 2013 Gezi Park Uprisings. Social Movement Studies 21(4): 395-412. 
  • Ayan Musil, P. and J. Vašenda (2020) Party Regulation in Turkey: A Comparison with Modern Europe” Turkish Studies21(1): 83-107.
  • Sayari, S., P. Ayan Musil and Ö. 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, Ö. Demirkol (eds.), Party Politics in Turkey. A Comparative Perspective. London: Routledge, pp. 80-97.
  • Ayan Musil, P. and H. Dikici Bilgin (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. (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.
  • 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. (2015) Emergence of a Dominant Party System After Multipartism: Theoretical Implications from the Case of the AKP in Turkey, South European Society and Politics 20 (1): 71-92. (Re-printed as a book chapter in S. Verney, A. Bosco, S. Aydın-Düzgit (eds), The AKP Since Gezi Park: Moving to Regime Change in Turkey, Routledge, 2019).
  • (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. (2014) Does Antagonism Precede Agonism in Challenging Neoliberalism: The Gezi Resistance in Turkey, Acta Politologica 6 (3): 326- 342.
  • (in Turkish) Ayan Musil, P. (2013) Government Systems: Presidential and Parliamentary Systems, S. Sayari and H. Dikici Bilgin (eds.), Comparative Politics, Istanbul Bilgi University Press, pp. 189-208.
  • Ayan Musil, P. (2011) Authoritarian Party Structures and Democratic Political Setting in Turkey. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Kennedy, N.F., Senses N. and P. Ayan (2011) Grasping the social through movies, Teaching in Higher Education 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 11 (2): 197-215.