Comparative Politics

Short Bio

I completed my B.A. studies in Political Science and Public Administration program at the Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 2007 with a minor degree from History. During the last year of my B.A. program, I was an exchange student at the University of Bergen, Norway for a semester. As a graduate student, I enrolled to Bilkent University’s Political Science program. During the two years I spent there, I took many courses on different sub-disciplines of political science such as cultural studies, political theory, comparative politics and Turkish politics. After taking a Master without thesis degree from Bilkent University, I came to Oldenburg in November 2009. Before starting my Ph.D. studies, I received my second Master without thesis degree from Oldenburg University’s Social Sciences Institute in the summer of 2011. In 2014, my paper titled "Mainstream Parties’ Strategies toward Ethnic Niche Parties: How do political parties in Turkey respond to the Kurdish issue?" received the Peter Mair Award for the Best Student Paper in the 24th ECPR Ph.D. Summer School on “Political Parties in New Democracies” in Lüneburg. In the summer of 2015, I received my Ph.D. from Oldenburg University, and currently, I am working here as a post-doc researcher.

Research and Teaching Interests

My main research interests include democracy and democratization, as well as political parties and party systems, party types and electoral systems. Also, I am interested in ethnic and religious politics in Turkey. In Oldenburg University, I have taught courses on democratization, international relations and the role of political ideas, and social movements in the Middle East.

Publications and Working Papers

  • Öney, B. and Torsten J. Selck (forthcoming), What was the 'Kurdish Opening' all about? A Qualitative Text Analysis of Parliamentary Group Speeches in Turkey, Ethnicities.

  • Berna Öney and Torsten J. Selck (forthcoming), Exploring the Level of Party System Institutionalization and Party System Type in Turkey: A Convergence on Established or on New Democracies?, Turkish Studies.

Conference papers

  • Torsten J. Selck and Berna Öney (2009), ‘Democracy in the European Union and the Prospect of Turkish Accession?’, ECPR Conference Potsdam.

  • Berna Öney (2009), ‘Gendering East/West’, International Conference organized by University of York.

  • Berna Öney and Ceren Eren (2009), ‘Islamic and/or Muslim Feminism in Turkey: A New Empowerment of Female Subject?’, 7th European Feminist Research Conference.

  • Ömer Faruk Genckaya and Berna Öney (2008), ‘Rationalization of Parliament & Empowerment of The Executive: Subordination of Turkish Legislature?’, ECPR Joint Sessions Rennes.