Şuhnaz Yilmaz is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Koç University and Director of the Foreign Policy unit of Center for Globalization and Democratic Governance (GLODEM). She also serves as the Associate Director of the Graduate School of Social Sciences & Humanities (GSSSH) at Koç University.
She teaches in academic programs and Executive Education Programs in the areas of Foreign Policy Analysis, Turkish Foreign Policy, Turkish-American Relations, Eurasian Politics, Energy Politics, Mediterranean cooperation and security, European Union Foreign and Security Policy, and International Development.
She has received her B.A. from Bilkent University (1993), M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (2000) from Princeton University specializing on International Affairs and the Middle East. She conducted her post-Doctoral Studies at Harvard University working on a project on the role of third party mediation in conflict resolution. She has numerous publications in journals such as Middle Eastern Studies, Insight Turkey, World Today, Middle East Journal and Political Science Quarterly. She also has a forthcoming book on Turkish-American Relations, entitled Turkish-American Relations (1800-1952): Between the Stars, Stripes, and Crescent from Routledge Press International Studies Series. She has been a visiting scholar at Princeton and Stanford Universities. As the Valedictorian of Bilkent University, she received the Eximbank Academic Achievement Award (1993). She was granted the Outstanding Young Person Award in the Field of Political Science and Public Administration by Junior Chamber International, 1996. She has been selected to the International Senate of Junior Chamber International, 2007. In the same year, Şuhnaz Yılmaz also received the Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award, granted by Sabancı University and the Brookings Institution and in 2008 she received the prestigious Distinguished Young Scientist Award (GEBIP) of the Turkish Academy of Sciences. Most recently, she was granted Prof. Baki Komsuoğlu Award in Social Sciences (2011).