Pelin Ayan Musil, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department of Politics, Senior Lecturer, School of International Relations & Diplomacy

Pelin Ayan Musil, PhD, is a senior lecturer in comparative politics and research methods at Anglo-American University. She earned her PhD degree in Political Science from Bilkent University (2010, Ankara). She was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Department of Government at Georgetown University between 2007-2008. She co-directed a research project titled 'Public Portrayal of Turkey in Visegrad Countries' funded by the International Visegrad Fund during 2012-2013. Her research interests include Democratization, Political Parties and the Politics of the Middle East.


Democratization, Regime Change, Political Parties And Party Systems, Politics Of Turkey The Middle East, Qualitative Research Methods

courses taught

Introduction to Politics, Comparative Politics, Social Science Research Methods, Advanced Research Methods, Political Parties and Party Systems, Democratization, EU-Turkey Debate

School of International relations

publications & other activities

  • Sayari, Sabri, Pelin Ayan Musil, Özhan Demirkol (eds). Forthcoming. Party politics in Turkey. A comparative perspective. London: Routledge.
  • Ayan Musil, Pelin. 2011. Authoritarian party structures and democratic political setting in Turkey. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 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 (SSCI).
  • 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 (SSCI).
  • Kennedy, N.F., Senses N., Ayan, P. 2011. “Grasping the social through movies”Teaching in Higher Education, vol. 16 (1): 1-14 (SSCI).
  • 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 (SSCI).