About Me


I am a post-doctoral researcher at Viral Lab, a computational social science lab at Sabancı University. I have a Ph.D. from Sabanci University, Department of Political Science. I conduct my research in the field of International Political Economy (IPE). During my doctoral education, I taught IPE and worked as a teaching assistant for Law and Ethics Course. Besides my academic profession, I was a researcher and consultant in many different global and local think tanks.

My main field of specialization is non-traditional donors’ foreign aid behavior,  focusing on China, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. My research examines how non-traditional donors collaborate or challenge DAC-generated global development policy in Africa. I mainly use statistical tools to model donor competition or rival donors’ behavior. Data collection, manipulation, visualization, and analysis are the main pillars of my research. I use SQL, STATA, and certain libraries of Python to carry out necessary research operations. International Relations Theory and Political Economy are the two significant major fields that I link my research.

Apart from international relations, I focus on the relationship between violence and political party vote shares in conflict-prone societies.

I joined Viral Lab as a post-doctoral researcher in August 2022, and desire to link international relations with computational methods and data collection. I employ quantitative methods and adjust my research to novel methodological tools, including Web Scraping and social media analysis.

I received my M.A. degree in Philosophy Department/Boğaziçi University, focusing on the social justice theory of F.A.Hayek. I have a B.A. degree from Philosophy Department/Bogazici University.