Gönül Tol is the founding director of the Middle East Institute’s Turkey program and a senior fellow with the Black Sea Program. She is the author of "Erdogan's War: A Strongman's Struggle at Home and in Syria." 

She has taught courses at George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies and at the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University on Turkey, Islamist movements in Western Europe, world politics, and the Middle East.

She has written extensively on Turkey-U.S. relations, Turkish domestic politics, and foreign policy and the Kurdish issue. She is a frequent media commentator.

B.A. at Middle East Technical University; M.A. at Florida International University; Ph.D. at Florida International University


Countries of Expertise

Issues of Expertise
Political Islam, Islamist Movements, Immigration, Ethnic and Religious Identity Formation, Role of Identity in Foreign Policy making, Social Movements and their Radicalization Process, Muslim Populations in Western Europe