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Reşit Emre Kongar, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology, writer, former Undersecretary of Culture. 

Born in Istanbul, TURKEY, 1941, Oct. 13.


Academic Career

Graduated from Faculty of Political Sciences, Ankara University, majoring in economics, 1963.

Received his M.S.W., from School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, l966.

Ph.D. in Sociology, Hacettepe University, with his thesis on Urban Family Structure in İzmir, 1969.

Associate Professorship, with his thesis on Social Change, 1976.

Full Professor, by Hacettepe University, with his thesis on Atatürk, 1981.



Founder and Director of School of Social Work, Hacettepe University, 1967.

Advisor to the Ministry of Tourism, 1976-1979.

Member of the High Council for Culture in the Ministry of Culture, 1978-1979.

Advisor to the Ministry of Youth and Sports, 1978-1979.

Additional appointment to Ankara University to teach Sociology of Art in the Department of Theatre, 1978-1981.

Resigned from the University to protest the military regime, 1983.

Advisor and administrator, daily newspaper, Hürriyet, 1983-1987.

Founder and the Chairman of the Board, KAMAR, Public Opinion Research Firm, 1987-1991.

Undersecretary for the Ministry of Culture, 1992-1995.

Reappointed as the Professor of Sociology, Hacettepe University, l996.

Columnist in daily Cumhuriyet since 1996.

Appointed as the Professor of Sociology, Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul, 1997.

Appointed as part-time Professor, Istanbul University, Faculty of Political Sciences, 1997-2000.

Retired from Yildiz Technical University, 2000.

Appointed as the "Advisor to the Board of Editors" of daily Cumhuriyet, September 1, 2001.

Presently columnist in daily Cumhuriyet.



U.N. scholarship, 1964-1966.

Writer of the best social science book, Turkish Language Association, 1977, for his book The Social Structure of Turkey.

Social Science Award, Sedat Simavi Foundation, l979, for his book The Theories of Social Change, and Turkish Reality.

Decoration by the State of Federal Republic of Germany, 1996.

Decoration by the State of Republic of Italy, 1996.

Decoration by the Polish State, 1996.

Social Sciences and Humanities Award, Aydın Doğan Foundation, 1998, for his book Turkey in the 21. Century.

"The Social Scientist of the Year" by the Faculty of Communications, Istanbul University, 1998.

"Top Social Scientist of the Year" by the weekly news magazine Nokta, 1998.

"Best Book Award" by the Faculty of Communications, Marmara University, 2001, for his book Letters to My Daughters".



More than fifty academic papers, more than two hundred popular articles, mostly, in Turkish.

More then thirty books. Including one fiction, a historical satire, which has become one of the best sellers in 1990. His memoirs, While I Was the Undersecretary, published in 1996, has also become one the best sellers of the year.Turkey in the 21th Century which has been published in 1998, reached to its 28th edition. His book Letters to My Daughters, has also become one of the bestsellers of 2001. He has several books on culture, and social, economic and political change process of Turkish society. His book "Facing to Our History" (Tarihimizle Yüzleşmek) printed around two hundred thousand copies. All books are in Turkish.



Married (1963), three children, one son (1968), twin girls (1974). 


For more details see CV in Turkish.

CV updated on November 2012

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