THO Summer Research Program in Turkey

In July and August, THO will take eight young American researchers to Turkey to explore approaches to the refugee crisis

“Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in Turkey: Challenges, Opportunities, and Approaches”
Program Dates: July 18 - August 15, 2018

As the Syrian civil war approaches its seventh year, Turkey continues to host growing numbers of refugees. In 2016, Turkey was host to 2.7 million registered Syrian refugees. In 2017, that number grew to 3.4 million Syrian refugees. In addition, Turkey remains host to more than 350,000 Iraqi, Afghan, and Iranian asylum-seekers.

The THO Summer Research Program in Turkey is an annual, all-expenses-paid, month-long research trip in Turkey, during which selected young researchers will participate in meetings, excursions, and fieldwork on a chosen subject. The 2018 theme is “Refugees and Asylum- Seekers in Turkey: Challenges, Opportunities, and Approaches,” which will give students and recent graduates the unique opportunity to learn firsthand about refugees, humanitarian aid, and how Turkey manages the humanitarian crisis.

During the month-long program, participants are required to conduct a modest research project on a subject of their choosing in relation to the program theme. One outstanding researcher will be awarded a small grant to carry out a more in-depth collaborative research project with peers in Turkey.

Upon return to the U.S., participants will complete their projects by September 28, 2018. These projects will be published on THO’s website and promoted through THO’s networks. THO will also organize public events in D.C. or elsewhere in the U.S. to highlight the projects and/or the experiences of the participants.

THO Announces our Summer Research Program in Turkey

06 Jun 18

In July and August, THO will take eight young American researchers to Turkey to explore approaches to the refugee crisis.

2018 Summer Program Researchers

Lydia Williams

Bachelor’s Candidate, Penn State Harrisburg

My name is Lydia Williams (no relation to THO Program Officer Audrey Williams, haha). I am an undergraduate student and senior studying political science and American studies at Penn State Harrisburg. As a Schreyer Honors College Scholar, I am gathering research on this trip for my thesis on the evolution of Turkish policies towards the Syrian refugee education. 
Meriam Salem

Bachelor’s, American University

My name is Meriam Salem, and I am a recent graduate from American University in Washington, D.C. Throughout my time in university, I explored postcolonial and critical social theory through my international relations major, and brought my research to the screen with my film and media minor.
Jude Alawa

Bachelor’s Candidate, Yale University

Hello! My name is Jude Alawa, and I’m an undergraduate student at Yale University studying Global Affairs and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. My interests primarily lie at the intersection of medicine and public policy, specifically improving clinical standards and increasing access to healthcare for marginalized populations.
Samantha Hunt

Bachelor’s, Dominican University of California

My name is Samantha Hunt, and I recently graduated from Dominican University of California as an Honors Program student with dual degrees in International Studies and Political Science. Now, I work as a case handler in the family law division of an Immigration law firm in San Francisco, where I am exposed to the intricacies of the immigration system in the United States and abroad. My research focuses on civil society organizations and how they are specially positioned to address the specific issues female refugees face.
Kinga Karlowska

Master’s Candidate, University of Massachusetts Boston

Hi, my name is Kinga. I am a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Boston working towards my M.A. in International Relations. Last year, I finished my undergrad at UMass Boston, majoring in Political Science with a minor in International Relations.

Lawrence Laws

LLM, Koc University

My name is Lawrence Cenk Laws. I currently hold a B.S. in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, a J.D. from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, and most recently an L.L.M. in Public International Law from Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. My research areas have thus far primarily been centered on international human rights law and minority rights.
Joshua Ebiner

Bachelor’s, California State Polytechnic University Pomona

I am a recent graduate from Cal Poly Pomona with degrees in Political Science and Philosophy.

Ryan McCarthy

Master’s Candidate, DePaul University

I am a New Jerseyan living in Chicago, in love with the majesty of the city, confused by its pizza, and gravely disappointed by its bagels. I am a full-time student at DePaul University pursuing a Master’s in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies and a no-time user of Pinterest. Fun fact: I was Time Magazine’s 2006 person of the year.

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Academic Guide

Dr. Juliette Tolay

Assistant Professor of Political Science, School of Public Affairs Public Administration PhD Graduate Faculty

Juliette Tolay is assistant professor of Political Science at the School of Public Affairs in Penn State Harrisburg. She is an expert on asylum and migration, foreign policy and public attitudes. Her research and publications focus on Europe, Turkey and the Middle East. She co-authored the book: “Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relation in Transition,” Lynne Rienner, 2011. Her publications also appeared in International Migration, Perspectives on Politics, Rising Powers Quarterly, Les Etudes du CERI, and several edited academic books.
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