Visiting Lecturer, Political Science
Hi, I am a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. I teach Political Violence, Civil Wars, and Democratization classes.
My research focuses on democratization, civil-military relations, populism, political violence, and terrorism.
My research has recently appeared in Research & Politics, Democratization, Studies in Comparative International Development, Third World Quarterly, and Mediterranean Politics among others.
I am currently working on a book manuscript based on two pivotal chapters from my dissertation. While there is existing literature on the Kurdish Question, a comprehensive quantitative analysis of the ongoing civil conflict is still lacking. In this book project, I aim to bridge this gap by providing in-depth analyses on various aspects of the conflict. Specifically, I explore how the violence in the region influences the voting behavior of the Kurdish population. Additionally, I investigate how Turkish governments manipulate the level of violence for electoral advantages. Furthermore, I intend to delve into the role of ethnic tribes in fostering a sustainable resolution to the conflict. Lastly, I will examine the contributions and impacts of both state-led and civilian-led religious institutions in this complex and ongoing conflict.