International Studies & Programs

Visiting Faculty

Secil.jpgSecil Pacaci Elitok

Visiting Faculty


Secil Pacaci Elitok received her PhD in Economics from the University of Utah (USA) in 2008. From 2009 to 2011 she worked for the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) as a Marie Curie Fellow as part of the EU Marie Curie Research Training Network TOM (Transnationality of Migrants). From 2012 to 2013 she worked as a Mercator–IPC Fellow at Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) at Sabancý University, working on a research project entitled “The Role of Migration in EU/German-Turkish Relations”. During this time she taught a module on the “Politics of Migration” at Sabancý University and worked as a consultant to the World Bank on a number of international mobility research projects. Before her appointment as visiting adjunct professor at CERES (Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies) at Michigan State University, Dr. Elitok worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the MiReKoç (Migration Research Center at Koç University). She obtained her associate professorship in March 2016. Her main research interest is international migration with a specific focus on migration to and from Turkey, as well as high-skilled migration, return migration and remittances. 


akarturk.jpgAkarturk Karahan

Visiting Faculty


Akartürk Karahan (Ph.D., Ankara University, 2009) is a research scholar at the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERES) of Michigan State University in 2016-2017. Akartürk Karahan is an Associate Professor of the Department of Turkish Language and Literature at Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University. A scholar of the Old Turkic Language with a focus on Old Uygur, Qarakhanid, Old Kipchak lexicology and Old Turkic dialectology. Her first book is XIth Century’s Turkic Dialectology According to the Divanu Lugati’t-Turk[Divanu Lugati’t-Türk’e Göre XI. Yüzyıl Türk Lehçe Bilgisi, (Ankara, 2013)]. In this book, the Old Turkic dialects of the Mahmud Kashgari's work, Divanu Lugati’t-Turk, were dealt with in a historical-modern comparative linguistic method. Her second book is Conjunctions in Old Uygur [Eski Uygurcada Bağlaçlar, (Ankara, 2014)]. Since that time, her research and publications have focused on historical Turkic language’s lexicogology issues. She has been awarded research scholarship from the TUBITAK. Professor Karahan's current research is thelanguage contacts of the X- XII. centuries Turkic languages. She has been preparing two books on an unknown Ottoman poet and writer Sherafeddin Bey (1889-1922)’s letters and poems with Professor Timur Kocaoğlu.