Birsel Karakoç obtained her PhD in Turcology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany) in 2001 with a thesis titled Studien zum finiten Verbalsystem des Nogaischen. Between 1999 and 2006 she worked as a research fellow on the project “Linguistic connectivity in bilingual Turkish-German children” which was based at the Collaborative Research Centre on Multilingualism at the University of Hamburg and sponsored by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). In 2006 she was awarded a research grant by the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities (Kungl. Vitterhetsakademien) and became a research fellow at the Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University. Within the project, she carried out research on copular constructions in a number of Turkic languages from synchronic and diachronic points of view. In 2016 she was appointed Professor of Turkic languages at the same department at Uppsala University. Karakoç has worked on research questions concerning the typology of Turkic languages, the morphosyntax, syntax and semantics of Turkic languages (especially Noghay, a minor Turkic language spoken in the Northern Caucasus in Russia, and other Kipchak Turkic languages; Turkish; Karakhanid Turkic; Old Anatolian Turkish; Turkish as spoken in Germany and Sweden; and Turkic varieties spoken in Iran), the documentation and description of Noghay, comparative Turkic linguistics, and contact linguistics.