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I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Saint Louis University. Before coming to SLU, I was a Junior Research Fellow at Carlos III – Juan March Institute of Social Sciences, Madrid, Spain and an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Özyeğin University, Istanbul, Turkey. After completing my B.A. in Economics at Koç University in 2009, I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and studied at Claremont Graduate University, where I received my M.A. in International Political Economy in 2012 and Ph.D. in Political Science and Economics in 2014.
My research is in the fields of International Relations, International and Comparative Political Economy, and Political Methodology. More specifically, my recent studies deal with the consequences of major wars and determinants of postwar recovery, focusing on the impact of state capacity, foreign aid, foreign direct investment, and demographic change. I also work on the measurement of political performance. As a result of a large-scale data collection project, I revamped the existing Relative Political Capacity (RPC) dataset and extended its start date by 60 years, from 1960 to 1900. As the host of the RPC dataset, I am currently refining and transforming RPC into an absolute, GDP-like measure. Lastly, I carry out research to understand international and regional conflict and integration processes.
You can see my C.V. here.