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Academic Biography

Dilara Hekimci-Adak is completing her second Ph.D. in Political Science, with concentrations in Comparative Politics and American Politics from Florida International University, in Miami, Florida. She is currently writing her dissertation on opposition strategies against populism in Turkey and Hungary. 


She earned her Bachelor's in Political Science at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul, Turkey. Afterward, she continued to Istanbul Bilgi University and earned her M.A. in Philosophy and Social Thought. She received her Ph.D. from Bahçeşehir University in Political Science and International Relations. 

Dr. Hekimci-Adak has attended and presented in several conferences and events within Turkey, and the United States. Additionally, she has participated in many panels, forums, roundtable discussions, and podcasts focused on current political issues.

Doctor Dilara Hekimci-Adak


2017 – Present

Florida International University; Miami, Florida

Ph.D., Political Science

Major: Comparative Politics; Minor: American Politics

2013 – 2018

Bahçeşehir University; Istanbul, Turkey

Ph.D., Political Science & International Relations


2011 – 2013

Istanbul Bilgi University; Istanbul, Turkey

M.A. Degree in Philosophy & Social Thought


2007 – 2011

Bahçeşehir University; Istanbul, Turkey

B.A Degree in Political Science & International Relations  


Party Politics


Turkish Politics

American Politics

Democratic Backsliding

Post-Communist Countries

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