I am currently an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Bilkent University. Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow of ISA James N. Rosenau Fellowship, and a visiting scholar at The Ohio State University's Mershon Center for International Security Studies. I received my Ph.D. (2017) and M.A. (2015) in Political Science from Binghamton University, SUNY. I got my B.A. (2012) in Political Science and International Relations at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Broadly speaking, my research addresses the role of identity on individuals' behavioral and attitudinal responses to violent and non-violent strategies pursued by the state and non-state armed actors. Both type of actors rely on public support to achieve their political goals; and thus, my research focuses on their strategic interactions with respective audiences, and analyze the effectiveness of "heart and minds" strategies by bridging the gap between macro- and micro-levels of analysis in intra and international security studies. My research contributes to diverse literatures including political violence, terrorism, foreign policy and public opinion from a behavioral perspective by utilizing a multi-method approach. It also offers important policy implications for foreign policy analysis, and conflict prevention and resolution efforts. My works have so far appeared in Journal of Peace Research, Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Interactions, International Political Science Review, and Electoral Studies.