After receiving her B.A. degree in Sociology from Middle East Technical University, Prof. Dr. Filiz Başkan obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. Degrees from Bilkent University Department of Political Science and Public Administration. She carried out her post-doctoral research in European University Institute- Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies between September 2000 and June 2001. Dr. Başkan, whose resarch areas are Islamic communities, Islamic parties, Islamic capital and extremist right parties, has published in national and international journals such as Middle Eastern Studies, Turkish Studies, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, South European Society and Politics.