I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Duke University. My research focuses on different aspects of the political economy of redistribution and the welfare state. I mainly pay attention to the preferences over taxes and social policies.
My dissertation examines the effects of information about the design of the fiscal state and inequality on the preferences over redistributive policies and tax rates, with a special focus on how and why voters have strong misperceptions that affect such decisions.
I am also working on projects analyzing the political and economic institutions of the Ottoman Empire. In particular, I study the elite funded welfare institutions and the political economy of social and religious inequality in the Ottoman Istanbul during 17th and 18th centuries.
I have served as a teaching assistant for classes in political economy, political methodology, and political economy of Islam. I hold a BA in Economics and a BS in Mathematics from Koç University, Turkey, and an MA in Economics from Duke University.