Sümeyye Sakarya


I have a BA in Political Science (Bilkent University, Turkey) and an MS in Political Science and Public Administration (METU, Turkey). During my MS, I mainly studied political theory, and my dissertation was titled “Religious Reasoning in Politics: A Discussion of Public Reason”. In the last year of my MS, I worked as a Research Assistant at the Department of Political Science in Social Sciences University of Ankara (ASBU). Currently, I am undertaking my PhD. My project attempts an ontological reading of the transformation of Islamism through engagement with the political theories of S. Sayyid and Hannah Arendt.

Research interests

  • Social and Political Theory
  • Islam and Politics
  • Religion and Politics
  • Islamism
  • Critical Muslim Studies
  • Gothic and/as Political Theory (zombie, vampire, ghoul etc.)


  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies