Barin Kayaoglu

Barin Kayaoglu

Ph.D. Candidate (ABD)

Advisor: Melvyn P. Leffler

Email: bk8t (at)

Fields & Specialties

International History; U.S. Foreign Relations; U.S.-Middle East Relations; Turkey; Iran



"Loving and Hating America in Turkey and Iran: A Cold War Story of Alliance Politics and Authoritarian Modernization, 1945-1980"
My dissertation examines the transformation of pro-American sentiments in Turkey and Iran at the onset of the Cold War into vicious anti-Americanism in the 1960s. It argues that anti-U.S. sentiment in the two countries originated from their societies’ deep-rooted desire to modernize. It argues that U.S. support for the Turkish and Iranian governments’ policy of authoritarian modernization and the turbulent nature of America’s alliance with Turkey and Iran gave rise to anti-Americanism in the two countries in the 1960s and 1970s.

My goal is to explain the origins of anti-Americanism in the two most powerful countries in the Middle East today. I also hope to inform scholarly debates on modernization and democratization in the Middle East and around the world.






Ph.D. Candidate, History, The University of Virginia     2006-present 

M.A., History, The University of Virginia     2006 

M.A., History, Bilkent University, Ankara     2005

M.A., Political Science, Bilkent University, Ankara     2002

B.A., Political Science, Bilkent University, Ankara     2001






“Strategic Imperatives, Democratic Rhetoric: The United States and Turkey, 1945-52.” Cold War History 9, No. 3 (August 2009): 321-345.


“Not Too Far: The Cyprus Crises of 1963-74 and Lessons for Present-Day Iraq,” Insight Turkey 10, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 2008): 101-116


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