Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Comparative Political Sciences and Political Systems of Eastern Europe

Dr. Ertuğ Tombuş

Dr. Ertuğ Tombuş

Visiting address
Universitätsstraße 3b , Room 108
Phone number
(030) 2093-66548
(030) 2093-66541
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin


Short Profile

Ertuğ Tombuş is the deputy director of the Center for Comparative Research on Democracy and a Research Associate at the Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Between 2017-2020, he was the academic coordinator of the Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies Program at HU-Berlin. Before joining HU-Berlin, he taught at Columbia University, The New School for Liberal Arts, Eugene Lang College, Western Connecticut State University, and the State University of New York. He is the managing editor of Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory. since 2009. He was a visiting research fellow at Northwestern University and Yale University. He holds a Ph.D. M.Sc. and B.Sc. in political science and M.Phil. in Sociology. His primary teaching and research areas are theories of democracy, politics and law, theories of constitution-making, comparative constitutionalism, populism, secularism and its critics, sociology of law, political sociology, contemporary social theory and Turkish politics.



Refereed Journal Articles and Papers

  • "The People and Its Embodiment: Authoritarian Foundations of Constitutions in Turkey" in Regressing Towards Constitutional Autocracy? The Failing of Popular Constitution Making in Turkey, eds. Felix Petersen and Zeynep Yanasmayan, Cambridge University Press, 2020.
  • "(Post-) Kemalist Secularism in Turkey" in Journal of Balkans and Near Eastern Studies, Vol. 19(1), 2017 (co-authored with Berfu Aygenc).
  • "Reluctant Democratization: The Case of the Justice and Development Party in Turkey", Constellations, Vol. 20(2), 2013.
  • "Learning From Success, Learning From Failure: South Africa, Hungary, Turkey (and Egypt)" Philosophy and Social Criticism, Vol. 39(4-5), 2013 (co-authored with Andrew Arato).
  • "Demokratik Meşruiyet İlkesi Olarak Hukuk Devleti" (The Rule of Law as a Democratic Principle of legitimacy) DOĞU BATI, Vol. 21, 2002 (in Turkish).
  • "Halk ve halkın cisimleşmesi: Türkiye'de anayasaların otoriter temelleri" Toplum ve Bilim, 159:49-70, 2022 (in Turkish).

Book Reviews

  •  "Iren Ozgur, Islamic Schools in Modern Turkey: Faith, Politics, and Education (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012)," International Journal of Middle East Studies, 46, 2014.

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