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Dr. Zeynep Yanasmayan-Wegele

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Senior Research Fellow

Zeynep Yanasmayan is currently a senior research fellow and coordinator of the Max Planck Society-funded research initiative ‘The Challenges of Migration, Integration, and Exclusion’. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from KU Leuven, Belgium and has previously worked as a research fellow at various institutions, including Humboldt University in Berlin, European University Viadrina, and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen. She has also taken part in several international projects and served as the Scientific Project Manager of the project ‘Religious Diversity and Secular Models in Europe – Innovative Approaches to Law and Policy’ (RELIGARE) at KU Leuven and of the project ‘God and Caesar in Motion’ at the European University Viadrina. Her research interests include migration and mobility studies, citizenship, governance of religious diversity, Turkish politics and law and society studies.  In her research she investigates the interactive relationship between national policies of diversity and the sociological ‘reality’ on the ground. To that end, she often makes use of comparative and interdisciplinary research designs and combines documentary and policy analysis with qualitative research methods. She is the author of The Migration of Highly Educated Turkish Citizens to Europe: From Guestworkers to Global Talent (Routledge), and co-editor of Belief, Law and Politics: What Future for Secular Europe? (Routledge) as well as of the forthcoming book The failure of popular constitution making in Turkey: regressing towards constitutional autocracy. (Cambridge University Press). 

Selected Publications

Petersen, F. & Z. Yanasmayan (Eds.).The failure of popular constitution making in Turkey: regressing towards constitutional autocracy. Cambridge University Press. [Forthcoming 2019]

Yanasmayan, Z. (2019). The migration of highly educated Turkish citizens to Europe: from guestworkers to global talent. London; New York: Routledge

Yanasmayan, Z. & Z. Kaşlı (2019). Reading diasporic engagements through the lens of citizenship: Turkey as a test case. Political Geography, 70, 24-33.


Burchardt, M., Z. Yanasmayan & M. Koenig (2018). The judicial politics of burqa bans in Belgium and Spain: socio-legal field dynamics and the standardization of justificatory repertoires. Law and Social Inquiry, 1-26.


Yanasmayan, Z. (2017). Oppositional usages of Europeanization in Turkish constitution-making: discussions on religious freedom. Turkish Studies, 18(4), 644-664.

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