Özge Genç received her BA degree from Middle East Technical University (METU) in International Relations and in 2004, her MA in International Politics and Middle East from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Columbia University’s Middle East Institute between 2009 – 2010. Genç continues her PhD studies at the Political Science department of Istanbul Bilgi University. She joined TESEV Democratization Program in 2006 and she served as its Director from 2013 to 2015.
Genç is among the founders of PODEM and also a Research Director. She carries out her research and advocacy activities in the fields of peace processes and conflict transformation, security and democracy, police reform, judicial and constitutional reform and religion-state-society relations.