Ishak Pasha Palace, Doğubeyazıt, Turkey (2017)
I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For the 2020-2021 academic year, I will be a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative. My research interests lie in comparative political economy, with a focus on development, governance, and distributive politics. My dissertation project examines how the distribution of service provision and its electoral outcomes is contingent on local social structures and institutions.
My work won the Best Comparative Policy Paper Award from the Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and Honorable Mention for the APSA MENA Politics Section Best Paper Award. My research has been supported by the Program on Governance and Local Development and the MIT Center for International Studies. I am a Junior Fellow at the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS) and a Graduate Student Affiliate at the Harvard University Center for European Studies.
I completed my BA in Economics at Bogaziçi University and my MA at Central European University, with a fellowship from the Open Society Foundations. Prior to coming to MIT, I worked as a public official at the Turkish state, in the design and evaluation of various civil society and local government projects and programs. My other field experience includes work with bureaucrats, international organizations, and immigrant communities in Turkey, Mexico, and Germany.