Fahrettin Altun is the Dean of the School of Communication at Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul, Turkey. Altun earned his B.A. in Sociology from İstanbul University in 1998. Two years later, he received his M.A. in Sociology from Mimar Sinan University, İstanbul. Altun earned his PhD at İstanbul University in 2006 with a thesis entitled “Comparative Analysis of Media Theories of McLu-han and Baudrillard.” He was a visiting professor at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA.
Altun has written articles for the Middle East Critique, Perceptions, Toplum ve Bilim, Türkiye Araştırmaları Literatür Dergisi, Euro Agenda, Sivil Toplum, and Divan.
Altun contributed with chapters to The Turkish AK Party and Its Leader: Criticism, Opposition and Dissent (Routledge, 2016), Modern Türkiye’de Siyasal Düşünce (Vol. 6 İslamcılık, İletişim Yayınları, 2004), Sivil Toplum: Farklı Bakışlar, Küresel Güçler (Kaknüs Yayınları, 2005).
He is the author of the book Modernleşme Kuramı: Eleştirel Bir Giriş (İnsan Yayınları, 2017, 4th edition). Altun, together with İsmail Çağlar and Turgay Yerlikaya, compiled, Türkiye’de Basın Özgürlüğü (SETA Yayınları, 2016); with Burhanettin Duran, The Triumph of Turkish Democracy: The July 15 Coup Attempt and Its Aftermath (SETA Yayınları, 2016); and with İsmail Çağlar and Mehmet Akif Memmi, 15 Temmuz’da Medya: Darbe ve Direnişin Mecrası (SETA Yayınları, 2017).
Fahrettin Altun was a columnist for Akşam daily and currently writes for Sabah and Daily Sabah newspapers. Moreover, he is the editor-in-chief of Kriter, a monthly journal on political, economic and social issues. While Altun hosted “Ayrıntı,” a live television program aired on TRT 2 and TRT Haber for two years, he currently co-hosts two television programs: “Enine Boyuna” and “Dışa Bakış,” broadcast on TRT 1 and TRT Haber respectively. As the General Coordinator of SETA İstanbul, Altun’s area of research concentrates on the sociology of media and communication, political communication, social media, Turkish modernization and political culture.