Yesim Bayar

Assistant Professor Sociology Department
Yesim Bayar

Yeşim Bayar holds a M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from McGill University. Her research interests include nationalism, citizenship, immigration, ethnic and religious minorities, and state policies. Her work has been published in various journals including the British Journal of Sociology, Nations and Nationalism, Nationalities Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Journal of Historical Sociology, and Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Her book on the Formation of Turkish Nation-State was published by Palgrave in 2014.



2021     “Navigating the Nationalist Landscape of Exclusion: Armenian Citizens of Turkey and the Politics of Naming”, British Journal of Sociology, 72, 4, 1127-1140.

2020       “The League of Nations, Minorities and Post-Imperial Turkey”, Journal of Historical Sociology, 33, 2, 172-183.

2019       “Nationalism and Empire”, State of Nationalism,

2019       “Roadblocks to Civility: Lessons from Turkish Nationalism” in Francesco Duina (ed.) States and Nations, Power and Civility: Hallsian Perspectives, University of Toronto Press.

2017       “Constitutional Debates and Nationalist Visions”, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 23, 3, 340-360.

2016       “Constitution-Writing, Nationalism and the Turkish Experience”, Nations and Nationalism, 22, 4, 725-743.

2014       Formation of the Turkish Nation-State, 1920-1938, Palgrave/Macmillan.

2014       “In Pursuit of Homogeneity: The Lausanne Conference, Minorities and the Turkish Nation”, Nationalities Papers, 42, 1, 108-125.

2012       “Educational Policies and the Process of Turkish Nation-Building: Where does Religion Fit In?” in Berna Turam (ed.) Secular State and Religious Society: Two Forces at Play, Palgrave, Macmillan.

2011       “The Trajectory of Nation-Building through Language Policies: The Case of Turkey during the Early Republic (1920-1938)”, Nations and Nationalism, 17, 1, 108-128.

2009       “Educational Policies and the Process of Turkish Nation-Building: Where does Religion Fit In?”, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 29, 3, 360-370.

Classes Taught

Soc 101    Introduction to Sociology: Principles of Sociology

Soc 219    Power, Politics and Society

Soc 255    Self and Society

Soc 316   Nations and Nationalism

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