Muzaffer Kaya has received his Ph.D. at the Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History at Bogazici University in 2013. He worked as a lecturer at Bogazici, Isık, and Ozyegin Universities. He had been an associate professor at Nişantaşı University in Istanbul before he was discharged for signing the Peace Petition of Academics for Peace Initiative in 2016. He held positions as a visiting researcher at Alice Salomon University (2016), at the Leibniz Zentrum Moderner Orient (2017) and the Centre for Metropolitan Studies at TU Berlin (2018). Since July 2019, he has been working as a guest researcher at The Centre for Citizenship, Social Pluralism and Religious Diversity at Potsdam University. His last publications are “The potentials and challenges of left populism in Turkey: the case of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP)” in British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (2019) and “Turkey’s Purge of Critical Academia,” Middle East Report (2018). His research interests include urban sociology, social movements, political participation, and social and political history of Turkey.