I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Glasgow. I am working on the ERC Consolidator Grant project ‘Democracy under Threat: How Education can Save it’ (DEMED), together with the project leader Professor Anja Neundorf and the DEMED team.
My individual research agenda revolves around the issue of political identities and mass attitudes towards democracy. In my dissertation research, I studied how affective polarization and certain political emotions help incumbents to build voter support for their authoritarian agendas, even when voters still value democratic principles. My dissertation is built on original survey data from Turkey, online survey experiments in Turkey and Bolivia, and interviews with civil society activists in Turkey. My research has received support from American Political Science Association, Association for the Study of Middle East and Africa, Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and Moynihan Institute at Syracuse University. My works have appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Perspectives on Politics, and Middle Eastern Studies.