Juliette Tolay, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science, School of Public Affairs
Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Science in Public Policy
Olmsted Building, W160

Juliette Tolay is associate professor of Political Science at the School of Public Affairs at Penn State University, Harrisburg. Her research focuses on migration, forced migration, foreign policy and eurocentrism, in particular in the context of Europe, Turkey and the Middle East. She recently published “Inadvertent reproduction of Eurocentrism in IR: The politics of critiquing Eurocentrism” in the Review of International Studies (2021), and is working on a book project that focuses on the use of migration in foreign policy from a postcolonial perspective. Her publications have appeared in academic journals such as International Migration, Review of International Studies, Ethnopolitics, Les Etudes du CERI, and several edited volumes. She co-authored Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relation in Transition, Lynne Rienner (2012). She also published several chapters in edited volumes, and several policy reports on Turkish foreign policy, Turkish and EU migration policies, and Turkey’s approach to Syrian refugees. Her research has been featured online in the Conversation, Huffington Post and Open Democracy. Dr. Tolay is a former fellow at the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund (2009-2010). Dr. Tolay received her Ph.D. in Global Governance from the University of Delaware, and studied at Sciences Po and the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris, and in Galatasaray Universitesi in Istanbul.

External Academic Profiles

  • International Relations & Comparative Politics
  • Immigration, asylum and displacement
  • Foreign policy
  • Turkish politics
  • European politics
  • Middle Eastern Politics
  • Eurocentrism, Postcolonialism, Critical Theories

Tolay, Juliette, 2021. “Inadvertent Reproduction of Eurocentrism in IR: The Politics of Critiquing Eurocentrism,” Review of International Studies, 1-22

Özerim, Gökay and Juliette Tolay, 2020. “Discussing the populist features of anti-immigrant discourses on social media: an anti-Syrian hashtag in Turkish Twitter,” Journal of Refugee Studies, 1-15

Tantardini, Michele and Juliette Tolay, 2020. “Does Performance Matter in Migration Governance? The Case of the 2016 EU-Turkey Statement,” International Journal of Public Administration, 43(2): 137-150

Battala, Laura and Juliette Tolay, 2018. “Towards Long-Term Solidarity with Syrian Refugees? Turkey’s Policy Response and Challenges”, Atlantic Council, 1-27.

Juliette Tolay, 2018. “Rewriting National Narratives through the Study of Past Migrations: Turkey's History of Migrations,” Ethnopolitics, 17(2): 201-221.

Balci, Bayram and Juliette Tolay, 2016. "Turkey Hosting Syrian Refugees: Between Humanitarian Commitment and Political Instrumentalization," (In French) Les Etudes du CERI, 225: 1-36.

Tolay, Juliette, 2016. "Mass Migration and Images of State Power: Turkey's Claim to the Status of a Responsible Rising Power," Rising Powers Quarterly, 1(2): 135-149.

Tolay, Juliette, 2015/2012. "Discovering Immigration into Turkey: The Emergence of a Dynamic Field,” International Migration, 53(6), 57-73.

Tolay, Juliette, 2014.“Deconstructing Turkish Public Attitudes Towards Refugees: Empowering Rights Over Politicization and Self-Gratification,” USAK Yearbook of Politics and International Relations, 6: 1- 29.

Linden et al. 2012. Turkey and its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition. Boulder, Lynne-Rienner, 258p. (co-authored with Ronald Linden, Ahmet Evin, Kemal Kirişci, Thomas Straubhaar, Nathalie Tocci and Joshua Walker).

Tolay, Juliette, 2012. “Turkey’s “Critical Europeanization:” Evidence from Turkey’s Immigration Policies,” in Elitok and Straubhaar, Turkey, Migration and the EU: Potentials, Challenges and Opportunities, Hamburg University Press, Series HWWI Volume 5, 39-61.

Ph.D., Global Governance, University of Delaware

M.A., Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware,

M.A., Turkish Language and Civilization, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO)

M.A., International Affairs, Sciences-Po, Paris, France

B.A., Political Science and International Relations, Sciences-Po, Paris, France

PLSC 014 - International Relations
PLSC 140 - Contemporary Controversies of International Relations (regular and honors sections)
PL SC 442 - American Foreign Policy
PL SC 455 - Governments and Politics of Western Europe
PL SC 467 - International Relations of the Middle East
PL SC 497 - Special Topics: International Migration