I received my BA degree in International Relations from Galatasaray University, Istanbul, and studied political science at the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne as an exchange student. In 2012, I received my first MA degree in International Political Economy from Koç University, Istanbul. I then received a Ph.D. in Comparative and World Politics in 2017 from the State University of New York at Binghamton and moved back to Turkey and started working at Sabanci University soon after.
My research interests include electoral behavior, political participation, representation, polarization, comparative and Turkish politics, and political and survey methodology. My research has been published in, among many others, American Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, Political Behavior, Electoral Studies, Party Politics, and Political Research Quarterly. On this page, you can find more about my published research and related blog posts, media coverage, and replication materials.
In addition to some of my ongoing projects you can find here, I am currently working on a broader project where I investigate whether the polarization of parties’ and candidates’ ideological and policy offerings and individuals’ close environment affects the formation of their ideological, policy, and partisan attitudes, and relatedly their decisions to turn out and vote for parties and their candidates. Along with cross-national and cross-temporal analyses, I engage in several in-depth studies and work on the designs of experiments to be conducted in Turkey and other European countries.
At Sabanci and Binghamton, I have taught “Quantitative Research Methods,” “Methods and Scope of Political Analysis,” “Survey Methodology,” and “Comparative Party Systems and Electoral Behavior” at the graduate, and in addition to the latter two, “American Polarization,” “Models of Elections and Electoral Behavior,” “Public Opinion and Elections,” “Elite and Electoral Polarization,” “Political Participation and Voting Behavior,” “Political Parties and Party Systems in Europe,” and “Understanding the European Union” at the undergraduate level. I have also supervised the MA and PhD theses of several colleagues-in-training, along with the syllabi of the above-mentioned courses, whose contact information can be found here.
Lastly, I am the recipient of the Sakip Sabanci International Research Award (2022), Outstanding Young Scientist Award of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA-GEBİP, 2020), and Young Scientist Award of the Science Academy, Turkey (BAGEP, 2018), and co-principal or principal investigator of some survey studies including the Turkish Election Study (2018) and Istanbul Mayoral Elections Study (2019). Survey questionnaires and reports, and my media appearances and invited talks are listed on this page.
For a recent version of my curriculum vitæ, please click here.