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I am a visiting professor at the Department of Social Sciences at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and a member of the Carlos III-Juan March Institute (IC3JM).

Broadly situated in comparative political economy, my research focuses on the politics of institutional change, its diverse determinants and outcomes in middle-income countries (MICs).

 I am interested in the making, evolution, impact and politics of–both economic and political–institutions, their variation across countries and links with the larger trajectories of economic development. My current research agenda tackles market regulation, social policy, education and skill development in MICs, as well as interest politics around those areas. My work so far has appeared in Socio-Economic Review, South European Society and Politics, Review of International Political EconomyRegulation & Governancethe Journal of European Public Policy, and Democratization, among others. My book State-Business Alliances and Economic Development, Turkey, Mexico and North Africa came out of Routledge in 2014.

Prior to joining UC3M, I was an Associate Professor at Sabancı University, Istanbul. In addition I’ve held research and teaching fellowships at several institutions including the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin), Instituto de Empresa (Madrid), the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE, Mexico City) and Freie Universität Berlin.

I received my PhD in Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle and was granted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). I hold a BS in Economics (Middle East Technical University) and an MA in Economic History (Bosphorus University). You can access my CV here.