Marcie J. Patton is Associate Professor of Politics at Fairfield University. Her most recent publications are "The Economic Policies of the AKP Government: Rabbits from a Hat?" Middle East Journal, 60, No. 3 (Summer 2006), and "Turkey's Tug of War," Middle East Report, 239 (Summer 2006). She has authored articles and book chapters on politics and the economy in Turkey and in Morocco and has delivered numerous papers and presentations nationally and internationally. Her research interests include the political economy of the modern Middle East, especially the role of states, markets and ideas in development, and transformations in state-society relations. She is currently working on an article on the slowdown in momentum for European Union membership in Turkey.
Dr. Patton was Chair of the Politics Department at Fairfield University (1999-2002). The recipient of numerous sponsored grants, she has been a Visiting Fulbright Senior Scholar at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey (2002-2003), a Visiting Professor at BoÄŸazici University in Istanbul, Turkey (Summer 2000), and was awarded a research fellowship to Morocco from the Social Science Research Council (1995-1996). She is an active member of the Committee on Academic Freedom on the Middle East and North Africa of the Middle East Studies Association, and serves as an Associate Member of the Institute of Turkish Studies. She has served on the Middle East Studies Association's Albert Hourani Book Award Committee and as well as its Program Committee, and has played an active leadership role in the Turkish Studies Association serving as its Secretary, on the Nominations Committee, and on the Graduate Student Paper Prize Committee. She was a member of the Fulbright Program's Southeastern Europe, Greece & Turkey Peer Review Committee and its Aegean/Black Sea Region Peer Review Committee, and has reviewed academic grant proposals for the National Endowment for Democracy and the U.S. State Department. Dr. Patton has worked with the Southern Connecticut Library Council for over a decade assisting with development of the reading series, "A Response to 9/11," and serving as a scholar-discussion leader in the series "Choices for the 21st Century: Defining Our Role in a Changing World." She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago in 1989.