Executive Directors

The Executive Director (ED) of The Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS) is responsible for the day-to-day running of the organization currently housed within the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Other than daily operations, the ED is the visible face of ITS and represents the organization at all public and private functions and is directly reports to the board of governors.

Sinan Ciddi
Director: 2011-current

Sinan Ciddi was appointed as the fourth Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies, succeeding David C. Cuthell at the end of August 2011. Ciddi was born in Turkey and educated in the United Kingdom, where he gained his Ph.D. in Political Science from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in June 2007. He was previously an instructor at Sabancı University between 2004-2008 and completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the same institution between 2007-2008. He recently published a book titled Kemalism in Turkish Politics: The Republican People's Party: Secularism and Nationalism (Routledge, January 2009) focusing on the electoral weakness of the Republican People's Party. Between 2008-2011, he established the Turkish Studies program at the University of Florida's Center for European Studies.
David C. Cuthell
Director: 2005-2011

David Cuthell was the Executive Director of The Institute of Turkish Studies and a visiting Professor at Georgetown University between 2005-2011. He is currently a visiting professor at Columbia University. Cuthell previously directed the Turkish, Middle East and Central Asian Studies at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken New Jersey. Prof. Cuthell has a Ph.D. in history from Columbia as well as an earlier MA in Political Economy and an MBA in International Finance. Prior to returning to Columbia University in 1998 for his doctorate, Prof. Cuthell worked in the capital markets for twenty years in New York and London for Citibank and Morgan Stanley and later was a Managing Director of fixed income trading at Mabon Securities. His research interests include the social and demographic transformation of the 19th century Ottoman Empire as well as the impact of technology on Ottoman and modern Turkish society. He recently contributed to The Creation of Iraq: 1914-1922 (Columbia Press 2004).
Sabri Sayari
Director: 1994-2005

Sabri Sayari was honored by Sabancı University in a ceremony in 2011 for his distinguished service to the university and awarded the title of Emeritus Professor of Political Science. Previously, he taught at Boğaziçi University and was a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, University of California Irvine, George Washington University, and Aarhus University. Sabri Sayari holds BA and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University. He has published extensively on Turkish politics and foreign policy. He is the co-editor of Turkey's New World: Changing Dynamics in Turkish Foreign Policy (2000); Politics, Parties, and Elections in Turkey (2002); Political Leaders and Democracy in Turkey (2002); Turkish Studies in the United States (2003); and Routledge Handbook of Modern Turkey (2012). Sabri Sayari currently serves on the editorial boards of The Middle East Journal, Middle East Quarterly, South European Politics and Society, and Turkish Studies.
Heath W. Lowry
Founding Director: 1983-1993

Since 1993 Heath W. Lowry has been the Atatürk Professor of Ottoman & Modern Turkish Studies at Princeton University. Prior to that time he was a founding member of the History Department at the Bosphorus University in İstanbul, Turkey (1973-1980), and a Senior Research Associate at Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection in Washington, DC (1980-1983). Between 1983-1993 he established and directed the Institute of Turkish Studies in Washington, DC. Currently, together with his position at Princeton University, he serves as an Advisor to the Bahçeşehir University Board of Trustees in İstanbul, Turkey.

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