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I am a Professor of International Relations and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at University of Washington, Tacoma. Previously, I was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institute. I authored two books, co-edited a third, and published about twenty articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. I taught 3,000+ students and delivered 100+ public talks in all over the world.

I came to USA in 1997, lived in WA since 1999, and became American citizen in 2012. I live in downtown Puyallup with my two kids.

I have a BA in International Relations (Bilkent University, Ankara), MA in International Studies (University of Denver), PhD in Political Science (University of Washington), and Management Development Program Certificate (Harvard University).

Turan Kayaoglu / TWO-run KI-a-O-loo/ is a Turkish name.

Let's focus on student achievement for all students in Puyallup . . . all means all. Here's what I bring to Puyallup School Board:

I Believe in the Transformative Power of Education

I was raised in Turkey by parents with no formal education. Schools allowed me to excel. Every Puyallup student should have the opportunity to experience the transformative power of education.

I am Committed to Public Education

I’m a professor in a public university and see the problems of our K-12 system in my class every day. I know what students need to take on the economic, social, and political challenges of the 21st century and will work to implement a complex curriculum that meets these needs.

I Love Puyallup and Care About Our Communities

After living in Seattle and Tacoma, I chose Puyallup as the place to raise my children. I am Meeker Elementary PTA’s Legislative Representative and Puyallup Library Board’s Vice Chair. I will work to uphold Puyallup's tradition of community and service.


I Understand Teachers and Administrators

My experiences have prepared me to understand the challenges teachers face as well as administrative constraints and perspective. I have empathy, temperament, and communication skills to heal the fractures between our teachers and administrators.

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