My research interests are located at the intersection of comparative politics of democratization and politics of race and nationalism with a regional focus on the United States and Western Europe.
Why do elites agree to give power to excluded groups that could shift the balance of power between different groups in society and political life? What informs their decisions towards this important political change? In my dissertation project, I am revisiting these foundational questions of comparative democratization literature in the context of suffrage extension to racial minorities. I am tackling the research question: Why did the United States and Germany extend the franchise to racialized minorities in the 1960s and 1990s whereas Austria retained their disenfranchising citizenship policy? Inspired by methodological underpinnings of Comparative Historical Analysis, my research relies upon discourse analysis of party manifestos, legislative records, and newspaper articles in English and German.
I received my BA in Business (major) and Political Science (double major) from TOBB University of Economy and Technology in 2013. I got my MA in Political Science and International Relations from Koc University in 2015.
My research projects are supported by several internal, external and public grants both in Turkey and in the United States. I present my ongoing research projects in several regional and national conferences including the annual conferences of American Political Science Association, New York State Political Science Association and New England Political Science Association.
- Instructor: Introduction to Comparative Politics, Race and American Politics
- TA: Introduction to American Politics, Introduction to Comparative Politics, Corporate Lobbying and Global Economy, Globalization and International Relations Theory, Introduction to Global Political Economy, Comparative Politics of Emerging Powers
- Political Science