M. Tahir Kilavuz

Tahir Kilavuz

Comparative Politics

International Relations


I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.

My research interests include authoritarian regimes, regime change and democratization, survey analysis, political Islam and Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) politics, concentrating on Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia. In my dissertation research, I focus on the factors behind authoritarian persistence and democratization in the MENA. In my broader research, I work on the causes of coups d'état, protest participation, survey analysis and democratization in a cross-regional perspective.

Prior to coming to Notre Dame, I received my BA and MA degrees in International Relations from Istanbul Bilgi University (2011) and from Koç University, Istanbul (2014) respectively. I have also studied at Sciences Po (Paris) as an exchange student and Al-Fath Arabic Institute in Damascus, Syria in 2010.


Graduation anticipated 2019


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