I am a political scientist at Bahcesehir University (Turkey) since September 2013. I received a political science PhD degree at Binghamton University (State University of New York) and I am currently a visiting research fellow at Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.
My major field is comparative politics. I am interested in comparative democratization, political institutions, comparative political behavior and politics of immigration. I wrote my dissertation on politics of enfranchisement and defended it in 2013. I was motivated to answer whether the politicians are power-seekers or principle-driven in making their decisions. Since I completed PhD, I have been interested in several other projects that focused on political trust, political party behavior and elections.
I organize an annual workshop in Turkey, Empirical Studies in Political Analysis Workshop, which aims to bring together scholars who conduct rigorous empirical research with mostly using quantitative methodology in political science. I have been involved with political methodology since I started graduate school in Sabanci University and followed up in Binghamton University and ICPSR during my PhD.
I received many grants including Jean Monnet Scholarship, Newton Fund (Researcher Link), Binghamton University fellowships, and Hrant Dink Foundation grants until now and looking for new options to enrich my research endeavor in the future.
I am a big sports fan and an intermediate tango dancer. I also bike and walk a lot.
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