I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Bogazici University. I received my PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Before coming to Bogazici, I worked as a postdoc at Northwestern’s Buffett Institute for Global Affairs for two years and as a research analyst at FutureMap.
My research centers on collective action and opinion dynamics. Much of my work is set in the contexts of regimes, and contentious politics, where I combine computational methods (such as, agent-based models, network analysis, and text analysis) and qualitative research to unpack the effect of ideology and ideational beliefs on cooperation. I am particularly interested in adaptations of complexity theory and dynamical systems in social sciences. Copies of my recent articles are available here, and a CV is available here.
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Basak_Taraktas