Wayne State College

Mehmet Balkanlioglu

Dr. Mehmet A. Balkanlioglu is an associate professor of sociology and has been teaching at the college level since 2011. Before teaching at WSC, Balkanlioglu was an associate professor of sociology at Marmara University, Istanbul, and a postdoctoral researcher in the ACMCU at the E. Walsh School of Foreign Affairs at Georgetown University. 

His publications include two books: "And Love Has Won: Alevi-Sunni Intermarriage" and "Code of Marriage: 40 Secrets of Happy and Long-term Marriage," in addition to several articles in both Turkish and English. Balkanlioglu’s work focuses on theoretical and applied sociology, and his recent research projects are "Turkish-American Intermarriage" (with Dr. John L. Esposito from Georgetown University) and "An Investigation of Alevi Civic Organizations and Activities as a Type of Social Capital."

He has been an invited speaker by national and international institutions. He has also presented his studies at international conferences in the U.S. and Europe (e.g., American Sociological Association and European Sociological Association), and his work is often cited in various media outlets, including television, radio, newspapers, and online.

He is an expert for European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), and a reviewer for the international journals such as International Sociology, Journal of Ethnic & Migration Studies, and International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. 

He is a member of the American Sociological Association (ASA), European Sociological Association (ESA), and Midwest Sociological Society.

Postdoctorate: ACMCU, The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (2014-2015)
Ph.D., Sociology, Public Affairs and Community Service, University of North Texas (2011)
M.A., The Institute of Social Sciences, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey (2006)
B.A., Faculty of Theology, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey (2003)

Academic Interests
Balkanlioglu has been teaching courses on Social Theory, Sociology of Marriage and Family, Intercultural Perspectives on Family and Gender, The Family, Introduction to Sociology, Social Services, Introduction to Social Statistics (I-II), Advanced Social Statistics (with the application of SPSS), Qualitative Research Methods (with the application of Atlas.ti), Quantitative Research Methods, Sociology of Religion, Race and Ethnicity, Social Problems, Social Movements, Social Welfare, and Sociology of Mental Health.

His research interests are marriage and family (long-term marriage, intermarriage, and divorce), ethnicity, gender, and Alevism - the religious creed and tradition in Turkey.