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I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Ashoka University

My research revolves around the causes and effects of democratization. My latest book, International Aid and Democracy Promotion: Liberalization at the Margins, studies state to state bargaining in order to advance democracy with foreign aid. My current focus on the impact of democratization in context of rivalry as the way to test for the effects of the democratic peace. Other tertiary research interests include the politics of aid, the political economy of natural disasters, aid in decentralization and resurgent authoritarianism.

I received my PhD in Political Science from City University New York (CUNY), Graduate Centre. Before Ashoka, I was a tenure track assistant professor at Bogazici University (Turkey). I also held visiting positions at William and Mary and at New York University. I have also taught at Hunter and Queens college, CUNY before.

I start my role as an Associate Editor for the Asia Europe Journal: Studies on Common Policy Challenges!
New Article
My article applying the logic of the Democratic Peace to the War in Ukraine is coming out at International Political Science Review !

Book Review
My book was reviewed by Suyash Rai at Carnegie India! Read about it here .
Another review of my book can be found in the Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, Issue 36. Read it he


I am hiring !

For Research Assistants applications, go here. I am interested in those who can handle either this or this or alternatively, standard econometrics. I still have open positions.

For teaching assistants/fellows applications, go here.

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