Aside from his native Turkey, Barın Kayaoğlu spent his childhood and teenage years in Iraq and Lebanon and traveled to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Syria, Kuwait, Iran, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan.
Kayaoğlu received his B.A. and M.A. in political science from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, and is finishing his Ph.D. in history at The University of Virginia. He is currently a Smith Richardson Foundation fellow at Yale University’s International Security Studies program.
Kayaoğlu’s dissertation is on U.S. development aid to Turkey and Iran during the Cold War and the origins of anti-Americanism in the two countries. His research interests are international affairs, U.S. foreign policy, and Middle East politics.