Şener Aktürk (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations in Koç University. His research focuses on politics of ethnicity, religion, and nationalism, geopolitical identities, and German, Russian, and Turkish politics. He is the recipient of a Marie Curie Reintegration Grant (2010-2014), the Turkish Academy of Sciences Award for Outstanding Young Scientists (2016), Science Academy Outstanding Young Scientist Award (2017), and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) Incentive Award (2019). Currently, he is an associate editor of Nationalities Papers, and a member of PONARS Eurasia (New Approaches to Security in Eurasia). His publications appeared at World Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Politics, Post-Soviet Affairs, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, Social Science Quarterly, Mediterranean Politics, Nationalities Papers, Archives Europeennes de Sociologie, Turkish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Osteuropa. His book, Regimes of Ethnicity and Nationhood in Germany, Russia, and Turkey, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012 and received the Joseph Rothschild Book Prize in 2013.