Pelin Ayan Musil, Ph.D.

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

Pelin Ayan Musil, Ph.D., 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 Researcher 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. Currently, she is in charge of a research project that investigates the moderation and de-moderation of religious and ethnic parties in Turkey. The project is funded by the Czech Science Foundation (GA ČR) for two years (2018-2019).


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

courses taught

Introduction to Politics, Comparative Politics, Advanced Research Methods, Political Parties and Party Systems, Democratization and Survival of Autocrats

School of International relations

publications & other activities

  • Sayari, S., P. Ayan Musil, O. Demirkol (eds). 2018. Party Politics in Turkey. A Comparative Perspective. London: Routledge.
  • Ayan Musil. P. and O. Demirkol. 2018. “Introduction” in S. Sayari, P. Ayan Musil, Ö. Demirkol (eds.), Party Politics in Turkey. A Comparative Perspective. London: Routledge, pp. 1-9.
  • 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.
  • 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 Aydin and Cem Emrence, Cornell University Press.” International Affairs 91(5): 1182-84.
  • 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, Pelin. 2011. Authoritarian party structures and democratic political setting in Turkey. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 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.