Mehmet Ali Balkanlioglu

Visiting Researcher

Mehmet Ali Balkanlioglu, PhD., is an associate professor of Sociology at Marmara University, Istanbul was a visiting scholar at the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the E. Walsh School of Foreign Affairs at Georgetown University. His research is supported by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey for 2014-2015 August. He also serves as an expert of Family and Gender at the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), which is supported by the EU. He has taught courses on Marriage and Family, Sociology of Religion, Social Movements, Research Methods and Statistics. His publications include two books, And Love Has Won: Alevi-Sunni Intermarriage (2012) and Code of Marriage: 40 Secrets of Happy and Long-term Marriage (2014), in addition to several articles in both Turkish and English. Balkanlioglu’s work focuses on theoretical and applied sociology, and his recent research projects are: ‘’Intermarriage of Turkish Citizens in the USA” (with Dr. John L. Esposito) and ‘’An Investigation of Alevi Civic Organizations and Activities as a Type of Social Capital: The Case of Istanbul, Turkey’’ (supported by Marmara University). He has presented his studies at national and international conferences, and his work is often cited in various media outlets, including television, radio, newspapers, and online.  

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