Dr Aykan Erdemir is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Between 2011 and 2015, he was a member of the Turkish Parliament, and served in the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, EU Harmonization Committee, and the Ad Hoc Parliamentary Committee on the IT Sector and the Internet.
Dr. Erdemir is a founding member of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB), and a recipient of the 2016 Stefanus Prize for Religious Freedom.
Dr. Erdemir worked as a faculty member at Middle East Technical University and Bilkent University. He is the coauthor ofAntagonistic Tolerance: Competitive Sharing of Religious Sites and Spaces (Routledge, 2016), and coedited Rethinking Global Migration: Practices, Policies, and Discourses in the European Neighbourhood (KORA, 2008) and Social Dynamics of Global Terrorism and Prevention Policies (IOS Press, 2008).