Founding Director, Center for Turkish Studies, Middle East Institute
Gönül Tol is the founding director of the Middle East Institute’s Center for Turkish Studies. She is also an adjunct professor at the George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies. After three years of field research in Germany and the Netherlands, Tol wrote her dissertation on the radicalization of the Turkish Islamist movement Milli Gorus in Western Europe. She was also an adjunct professor at the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University. Tol has taught courses on Islamist movements in Western Europe, Turkey, world politics, and the Middle East. She has written extensively on U.S.-Turkey relations, Turkish domestic politics, and foreign policy and the Kurdish issue. She is a frequent media commentator. Tol holds a BA from Middle East Technical University, and an MA and PhD from Florida International University.