Prof. Fırat PURTAŞ
Prof. Fırat Purtaş was born in 1974, in Kahramanmaraş, where he attended to primary and secondary school. In 1994, he graduated from the Department of International Relations of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of the Gazi University. In 1995, he started working as an assistant within the aforementioned department. After completing his post-graduate studies at the Faculty of International Relations of the State University in St Petersburg in the Russian Federation in 2000. He obtained his PhD degree from the Institute of Social Sciences at Gazi University in 2004. In 2008, he was promoted to Associate Professor. Besides his activity as a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Gazi University, he has been assuming the function of Deputy Secretary General of the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY) since April 28th, 2008. His academic research activities are mostly focused on the history of politics of the Russian Federation and Turkic Republics. He speaks Turkish, English and Russian.