Dr. Yesim Bayar has joined the Sociology Department at SLU after having taught at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Following her studies in economics at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey, Dr. Bayar received her master's in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and her Ph.D. in sociology from McGill University. Her research interests focus on understanding the processes of social and political change. Her work spans a variety of interrelated issues including nationalism, ethnic and religious minorities, citizenship, constitution-writing, and language policies. Dr. Bayer's work appeared in a number of journals including Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Nationalities Papers, Nations and Nationalism, and Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Her book, The Formation of the Turkish Nation-State, 1920-1938 was published in 2014 by Palgrave/Macmillan.