Dr. Bengi Ruken Cengiz
Dr. Bengi Ruken Cengiz

Bengi Ruken Cengiz holds a PhD degree in Political Science from Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey. Her dissertation focuses on changing perceptions on civil liberties, political rights and social rights of Turkish citizens on the basis of their political party preferences. For her PhD research, she has designed a novel questionnaire based on Freedom House's checklist of questions and completed an original survey study on a sample of individuals residing in Istanbul, which was supported by a TUBITAK (the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) grant. This survey research has illuminated the oppositional potential that lies among the citizenry in an authoritarian setting. Bengi Ruken Cengiz is currently a Visiting Researcher at Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies (SUITS) with a grant from the Swedish Institute. During her stay at SUITS, she will focus on turning her dissertation into a book manuscript to contribute to the evolving literature on democratization and authoritarianism in Turkey.

Prior to the PhD degree, she received her BA degree in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey and her MA degree in Human Rights from University College London, UK as a Jean Monnet fellow. Upon finishing her PhD, she has worked as an instructor and coordinator for several undergraduate courses at Sabanci University. In addition, she co-founded the first political fact-checking portal of Turkey, Doğruluk Payı and worked as a fact-checker during her PhD studies.

Her broader research interests include theories on democratization and authoritarianism, de-consolidation of democracy, regimes of citizenship, social and political cleavages and political parties.