Işık D. Özel is a visiting professor at the Department of Social Sciences at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Washington, Seattle and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). She has held teaching and research positions at Sabanci University (Istanbul), Hertie School of Governance (Berlin), Instituto de Empresa (Madrid), the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE, Mexico City) and Freie Universität Berlin. Broadly situated in comparative political economy, her research examines the politics of institutional change and its diverse outcomes in middle-income countries specifically focusing on social policy, regulation and education. Her work has appeared in international peer-reviewed journals such as the Review of International Political Economy, the Journal of European Public Policy, Regulation and Governance and Democratization, and, among others.
She is the author of “State-Business Alliances and Economic Development, Turkey, Mexico and North Africa” (Routledge, 2014).