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Gülşen Doğan is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and International Relations at Koc University. Her research interests lie in the intersection of populism, democracy, governance, migration diplomacy, and disaster diplomacy. 

She graduated summa cum laude from Bogazici University with a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations & Sociology. During her undergraduate studies, she worked in various sectors and chaired the Center for European Studies Student Forum (CESSF). It is a forum that organizes academic meetings and publishes analyses and policy recommendations on the processes of EU politics and EU-Turkey relations. After her academic studies at Bogazici University, she received her M.A. degree from the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Koc University with a thesis on the institutional and ideological conditions for the extent of executive aggrandizement in Turkey and Brazil. 

In addition to her academic studies, she is also working in think tanks. In 2022, she worked as a non-resident research assistant at the Middle East Institute (MEI), a Washington D.C.-based think-tank. Currently, Doğan is working as a project researcher at MiReKoç (Migration Research Center at Koç University) for the BROAD-ER project (Bridging the Migration and Urban Studies Nexus). It is a Horizon Europe Twinning grant, funded by the European Union in partnership with GRITIM-Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain) and Universiteit van Amsterdam (Netherlands).

Gülşen Doğan takes part in the projects undertaken by the IstanPol Development Program.