Matthias G. Bernold (Austria) is the ESI Turkey Fellow for Austria. Holding degrees in law and journalism from the University of Vienna and from the Columbia University in New York City, he has been working as a reporter for Austrian and German publications ("Wiener Zeitung", "Falter", "Stern" and "Welt") since 2000. He has been a research fellow for the European Council on Foreign Relations, and he is also a regular election observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
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Marjanne de Haan (The Netherlands) is the ESI Turkey Fellow for The Netherlands. She holds a Master's degree in History and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and International Organizations from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. She wrote her MA thesis on the Armenian genocide issue in Turkish-European politics. Since its foundation in late 2007, she has been working as a programme manager at the Turkey Institute in The Hague, an independent NGO aiming to inform the Dutch public about political and social developments in modern-day Turkey. She has a special interest in (Turkish) cinema and documentary, and in how they reflect a changing society.
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Olivier Ruchet (France) is the ESI Turkey fellow for France. He has been teaching political science and EU studies at Sciences Po Paris since 2004, and is as of January 2011 Associate Director of the Euro-American program in Reims. A former member of the EU Consent network, he has been Canada Research Fellow at the University of Toronto, and visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, and at the WZB in Berlin. His research focuses on different approaches to cultural difference and diversity in contemporary political thought, and he more broadly specializes in democratic theory, migration studies, as well as European politics. He is a regular lecturer at BGSS-Humboldt University Berlin, and has taught at UC Berkeley and the University of St. Andrews. Outside academia, he also works as a translator. He has recently translated books by James C. Scott and Dipesh Chakrabarty, as well as the new biography of Adolf Eichmann written by David Cesarani.
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Dominik Tolksdorf (Germany) is the ESI Turkey Fellow for Belgium. He has studied European Studies (MSc) and Political Science, History and American Studies (B.A.) in Turku and Bochum. As a research fellow at the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) in Munich between 2006 and 2009 and as a visiting fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels in 2009/2010, Dominik focused in his research on the relations between the European Union and the Western Balkan countries. After having completed his PhD studies at the University of Munich with a dissertation on the EU's policies towards Bosnia and Herzegovina, he began lecturing at Vesalius College at Vrije Universiteit Brussels in January 2011.
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Peter Widmann (Germany) is a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Lecturer of Political Science at the European Institute of Istanbul Bilgi University since September 2010 and responsible for the development of the institute's German Studies section. His fields of research and publication are political communication and mass media, migration and minority policies, political extremism and populism, group conflicts and racism. One of his fields of research is the perception and situation of Germany's Muslim minority. Peter Widmann published a number of studies on the Situation of Europe's Roma minorities, among them the Book "An den Rändern der Städte" (On the Urban Fringes) on local minority policies in Germany, and recently, together with Verena Knaus, "Integration Subject to Conditions" on Roma refugee children for UNICEF Kosovo and UNICEF Germany. Peter Widmann graduated from the Free University of Berlin and obtained his PhD at the Faculty of History and Communication Sciences at the Technical University Berlin. From 2001 to 2004 he was the lead researcher in a project on the history of German Criminal Biology financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG). From 2004 to 2010 he was assistant professor at the Berlin Centre for Research of Antisemitism and lecturer at the Institute for Historical and Political Education at the Technical University Berlin.
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Natasha Wunsch (Germany/United Kingdom) is the ESI Turkey Fellow for Germany. She has been a Resident Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) since June 2010, where she is in charge of the EU enlargement dossier and coordinates a project to support think tanks in the Western Balkans. Natasha holds a joint French-German MA in Political Science and European Studies from the Free University Berlin and Sciences Po Paris and a BA from Sciences Po's University College in Nancy. Previous job experience includes working as a seminar assistant in the Brussels office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and internships at the German Bundestag, the Cologne Europe Direct information Centre and with a French MEP.
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