Dr. Murat ASLAN graduated from Hacettepe University, majoring in public finance, with distinction in 1993.  In a nationwide exam, ranked 1st among 236 candidates taking a field exam in economics, and he was awarded a full scholarship from the Turkish Ministry of Education to pursue graduate education in the US. He received his MA degree from The American University, Washington DC in 1997 and his Ph.D. from George Mason University, Virginia US in 2004. He returned back to Turkey and worked as a professor at the Eskişehir Osmangazi University (2004-2014) and then at Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University. His main research areas are Middle East economics, political economy and public economics.