Erkut Ayvaz graduated from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) with a dual BA in Political Science and Public Law in 2011. He spent the academic year 2012-2013 at Duke University (NC, USA) with a DAAD-scholarship. In 2014 he received his MA after completing his Masters thesis which addressed the civil-military relations in Turkey. Other research interests include: Turkish politics, human rights, political history, identity politics and secularism/Islamic politics. His articles were published in Turkish daily newspapers such as Yeni Şafak, Star and (English language) Daily Sabah. Currently, he works as a Research Assistant in the Directorate of Political Studies at SETA Ankara.