Kemal Kirişci is the TÜSİAD senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he also serves as director of the Center on the United States and Europe's Turkey Project. Kirişci served as a professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, until January 2013, and previously served as director of the university's Center for European Studies.Kirişci's areas of research interest include European integration, asylum and immigration issues in the European Union, EU-Turkish relations, Turkish foreign policy, ethnic conflicts and refugee movements. In June 2010, he completed a fellowship at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington and contributed to the report titled Getting to Zero: Turkey, Its Neighbors and the West and the book Turkey and Its Neighborhood.
Kirişci is the author, co-author or co-editor of many books, including Land of Diverse Migrations: Challenges of Emigration and Immigration in Turkey; Turkey In World Politics: An Emerging Multi-Regional Power; and The Political Economy of Cooperation in the Middle East. He is also co-editor of the special issue of New Perspectives on Turkey on the transformation of Turkish foreign policy. In June 2011 Kirişci received the first prize of The Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award. He received his doctorate from City University in London.