King's graduate wins dissertation prize

Photo of Dr Banu Turnaoglu
Dr Banu Turnaoğlu receiving her award at the PSA Annual International Conference.

Recent King’s graduate, Dr Banu Turnaoğlu, was awarded the Sir Ernest Barker Prize for Best Dissertation in Political Theory. Her thesis, “The Formation of Turkish Republicanism (1299-1923)”, presents an analysis of the complex lineage of republican traditions in Turkey. The Sir Ernest Barker Prize is an annual prize from the Political Studies Association.

Joining King’s in 2010, Banu wrote her dissertation under the supervision of King’s Fellow, Professor John Dunn. She was awarded a PhD without corrections from the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS).

Professor David Runciman, current head of POLIS, says "I'd like to offer my personal congratulations to Banu Turnaoglu on this very prestigious award.  Banu's research on the intellectual origins of Turkish republicanism is fascinating as history and at the same time deeply topical.  It cuts across disciplines and regions to provide important insights into some fundamental tensions of modern politics at the intersection between East and West.  Her work represents the best of POLIS and we are delighted with her success."

On receiving this award, Banu says "I feel extremely honoured and appreciative for receiving this prestigious prize from such an esteemed organisation. This recognition for my doctoral research encourages me to view my future endeavors with enthusiasm, and to continue to pursue an academic career specialising in late Ottoman political thought and the legacy of imperialism in the Middle East. I would like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank my supervisor for his understanding, patience, and lucidity throughout my efforts to craft, organise, and successfully complete my dissertation; and to King’s College, and the Department of Politics and International Studies for providing me with the facilities and support to produce it."

Further coverage of this story is provided by POLIS. Banu is currently a post-doctoral researcher at POLIS. A resulting book manuscript of her dissertation will be published by Princeton University Press in 2017.

13 May 2016