Karabekir Akkoyunlu is a lecturer at the School of International Relations, Getúlio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo, Brazil, where he teaches International Development and Middle East politics. He is also a research associate of the Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz, in Austria. Previously, he was a visiting professor at the International Relations Institute of the University of São Paulo, a visiting researcher at the School of Public Administration in Brasilia, and a research associate at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. He completed his PhD in comparative politics at the London School of Economics, where his research focused on political change in Turkey and Iran. He studied Persian at Isfahan University and taught courses on Middle East politics and theories of democracy and democratization at the LSE. Before entering academia, he worked as a political analyst in London and as an English teacher in Indonesia. He holds a B.A. in History and International Relations from Brown University and an M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.