Behlül Özkan completed his bachelor studies at the BoğaziçiUniversity Department of Political Sciences and International relations. He then performed his graduate studies and received his PhD from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He is currently Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at Marmara University. He is the author of From the Abode of Islam to the Turkish Vatan: Making of a National Homeland in Turkey (Yale University Press, 2012). He also contributed op-eds to New York Times, Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, Hurriyet Daily News, Open Democracy.