I am doctoral candidate and instructor in the Department of Political Science at the State University of New York at Binghamton, specializing in comparative politics with a focus on electoral behavior and political participation.
I received my B.A. in International Relations at Galatasaray University, Istanbul-Turkey, and studied Political Science at Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris, France as exchange student. I received my first M.A. in International Political Economy at Koç University, Istanbul-Turkey, in 2012. I then received my second M.A. in Comparative Politics and World Politics at SUNY Binghamton University in 2015. I live in Binghamton, New York, with my beautiful wife Selcan.
I have taught, among others, American Polarization, Models of Elections and Electoral Behavior, Public Opinion and Elections, Elite and Electoral Polarization, Political Participation and Voting Behavior, Political Parties and Party Systems in Western Europe, and Understanding the European Union at SUNY Binghamton.
My research focuses on the effects of political, institutional and informational structures on voting behavior, voter turnout, and democratic representation. My work has been published in Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, Electoral Studies, International Political Science Review, and International Journal of Electronic Governance.
In addition to a number of ongoing projects you can find here, I am currently working on my dissertation. In it, I examine political polarization as a party strategy, and how elite and party polarization influence electoral polarization, voter turnout, and voting behavior in the European multiparty systems. In two in-depth case studies, I also focus on the U.S. as an example of a single member district system with high and increasing elite and electoral polarization, and on Turkey as a proportional representation system example with high party polarization.
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