M. Tahir Kilavuz

M. Tahir Kilavuz

Fields of Study: Comparative Politics, International Relations



Areas of Interest: Authoritarianism and Democratization, Survey Analysis, Religion and Politics, Middle East Politics, Experiments

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

My research concentrates on the causes and the consequences of political regime type and regime change. More specifically, I examine the factors behind authoritarian persistence and democratization as well as institutional and behavioral impacts of political regimes. In my dissertation research, I focus on the factors behind political regime persistence and change in the MENA comprehensively, both in terms of period and geographical coverage. I explain the institutional strategies of the MENA leaders to sustain their regimes’ survival and the impact of opposition challenges through regional analysis and the case studies of Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia. My broader research interests include coups d’état, survey analysis, religion and politics, mixed methods research and experimental design, both in the MENA and in the cross-regional setting.  

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) and have research or training experience in Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Turkey.

Graduation anticipated 2019