Pelin Ayan Musil, Ph.D.

Letenska 5, Prague 1, Office no. 4.17


Pelin Ayan Musil, Ph.D. 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 CEU (2005, Budapest) and PhD in Political Science from Bilkent University (2009, Ankara). During her PhD studies, she was awarded with a one-year Fulbright scholarship to study at the Department of Government at Georgetown University.

In June 2019, she was a short-term visiting scholar at Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University. She is interested in concepts and theories of regime change, party change, moderation, and the populist surge. She acts as the principal investigator of the project on “Democratic Recessions in the Post-Communist and Muslim World: An Institutional Approach” financed by the Czech Science Foundation (GA ČR, 2019-2021). 


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

Publications & Other Activities

  • Ayan Musil, P. (2022) Transformation of Kurdish and Islamist Parties in Turkey and Consequences for Regime Change. Under Contract with 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. and P. Ayan Musil (2021) Resistance and Military Defection in Turkey, Mediterranean Politics. Online First.  DOI: 10.1080/13629395.2021.1904746 
  • 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. and P. Ayan Musil (2021) Protester-Police Fraternization in the 2013 Gezi Park Uprisings, Social Movement StudiesOnline First. DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2021.1884976
  • 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.