M. Tahir Kilavuz

Comparative Politics

International Relations



I am a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. My first subfield is Comparative Politics and the second is International Relations.

Prior to coming to Notre Dame, I received my BA degree in International Relations from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2011 and my MA degree again in International Relations from Koc University (Istanbul) in 2014. Also, I have studied at Sciences Po (Paris) as an exchange student in 2010. Additionally, I have spent the summer of 2010 in Damascus, Syria to study Arabic with the grant I received from Istanbul Foundation for Research and Education (ISAR).

My research interests include constitutions and constitutional change, political regimes, survey analysis and the Middle Eastern politics. More specifically, I am interested in studying the issue of constitutional change in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). I seek the causes of constitutional change both in the regional level and through case studies of Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia. In side projects, I work on social movements and survey analysis in the MENA as well as impacts of political regime type on contentious politics.

Graduation anticipated 2018

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