Metehan Tekinirk is a PhD candidate in Political Science and a Senior Teaching Fellow at Boston University. He previously completed Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and International Relations at Koç University in Istanbul. Metehan’s main interests lie in the fields of Comparative Politics and International Relations. His research specifically focuses on democracy, nationalism and populism, culture, party politics, public policy, political economy, and hegemony. His dissertation, New Nationalism, New Turkey, focuses on the striking transformations in the Turkish democracy, political culture, and identity in the 21st century, and investigates the role of populism in Turkey’s episodes of and experiences with democratization and de-democratization, and the nationalism-populism relationship in Turkey.