Yesim Bayar

Associate Professor Sociology Department
Yesim Bayar

Yeşim Bayar holds a M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Bayar and a Ph.D. in Sociology from McGill University. Her research interests include nationalism, citizenship, immigration, and state-minority relations.



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

Articles and Book Chapters

“Engagements with the Past and Armenian Immigrants’ Settlement Journeys in Canada”, Canadian Review of Sociology (forthcoming).

2022    “Everyday Nationhood, Diversity and Talking about Canada”, Ethnicities, early print online.

2021    “State of Nationalism: Nationalism and Empire”, Studies on National Movements, Vol. 7, 126-135 (reprint of my article published on the State of Nationalism).

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

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.

            Republished in Berna Turam (ed.) Secular State and Religious Society: Two Forces at Play, Palgrave, Macmillan, 2012.

Classes Taught

Principles of Sociology (Soc-101)

Power, Politics and Society (Soc-219)

Minorities and the State (Soc-3119) (cross-listed Govt. 3094)

Self and Society (Soc-255)

Nations and Nationalism (Soc-316)

Senior Year Experience, Independent Study (Soc-490)

Contact Information

Office Hours

Mondays 2:30-4:00, or by appointment