Feriha Perekli [firstname.lastname@example.org] is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages and cultures with a minor in political science at Indiana University, Feriha Perekli received her B. A. degree (2001) from the Department of International Relations at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Feriha worked as a trainee in the Strategical Center for the Turkish Foreign Ministry in Turkey where she presented a paper entitled “Turkish-Syrian Relations from 1960s to 1990s.” She completed her M. A. degree (2003) in the Department of International Relations at Galatasaray University in Istanbul, Turkey. The subject of her M. A. thesis was “American Politics towards the Middle East in the 1970s.” She is interested in democracy/democratization and social movement theory literature. Concerning her doctoral dissertation, she will apply these two theoretical approaches to the several empirical case studies in the Middle East and try to test the hypotheses that will be reformulated over the course of her study.