About me

I am a PhD Candidate at the Department of Political Science at the Indiana University, Bloomington (IU) and I hold a MSc degree in Applied Statistics from the Statistics Department of the same university. My research focuses on the intersection between democratization, local governance and property rights distribution in the Middle East and North Africa through mixed methods with quantitative, ethnographic, archival and interview dimensions. I am a native speaker of Turkish and fluent in Modern Standard Arabic (Fusha). Currently I am a fellow at the Mercatus Center of George Mason University.

My dissertation will examine the mechanisms of local governance in emerging democracies through a case study of Tunisia. I conducted an extensive fieldwork in Tunisia between May and August 2019, and I will return for more fieldwork in May 2020.

Before joining IU, I obtained a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Sabanci University, Turkey (2016) and BA¬† double major in Economics and International Relations from Cleveland State University Honors College, OH (2014).

In this website, you can find information about the abstracts of my published and currently reviewed articles, my CV and some of my fieldwork photos. You may also access my Google Scholar page here and contact me through here. I also plan to publish the data informing my dissertation research as soon as possible (stay tuned!).

On Twitter, I occasionally share interesting stuff (including graphs and maps) on the Middle East and North Africa, which you may access here.