Currently under review

Tolerable level of disagreement: Dynamics of coalition formation

How do actors form coalitions without solving all their disagreements? I develop a theory of tolerable disagreement to argue that coalition formation necessitates strategic alignment among actors but ideological agreement is not necessary. Using longitudinal network analysis, I conceptualize four possible shapes of coalitions according to the level and type of unresolved disagreements among actors.


When does history repeat itself?

Why do some societies oscillate between authoritarian and democratic regimes despite constitutional systems in place? Using the V-Dem data and discourse analysis, I show that oscillation between democracy and authoritarianism is a consequence of the mode of government–opposition interactions. Interactions create a feedback, which trumps the role of ideology, whereby different liberalizing elites come to power and turn repressive towards opposition.




Recent publications 

Studying alliance formation using case studies and network analysis

forthcoming SAGE Research Methods Cases 2018



When Does Repression Trigger Mass Protest? The case of 2013 Gezi Protests

Julie M. Mazzei (ed.) Non-State Violent Actors and Social Movement Organizations (Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Volume 41) Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 205 – 239. (awarded Sidney Tarrow Best Article Prize).


The Irish Bailout When resolve breaks downwhen resolve breaks down

Contemporary European Studies, (2012), 2, pp. 83-113.


A Comparative Approach to Euroscepticism

Journal of Contemporary European Studies, (2008), Nov., 16: 2, pp. 249-266.



In progress 

On regimes

Divided or Disunited: A Tale of Turkish Opposition,” with Burcu Degirmen (University of Oklahoma)

Regime survival, counterinsurgency, and resource extraction,” with Kit Martin (Northwestern University)


Contentious politics

Together in contention: Building bridges through protests,” with Jais Troian (Universite d’Aix-Marseille)

Intersecting Movements & Social Media: How Black Lives Matter and Me Too Movement Frames Compare and Overlap on Twitter,” with Anna McKean (Northwestern University), Libby Trudeau (University of Notre Dame), and Josey VanOrsdale (University of Nebraska- Lincoln).


Political economy

“The Evolution of the cod trade network,” with Laura Elster and Maartje Oostdijk (University of Iceland).



Working papers

“Christian Democracy in Professional Life: Farmers’ and Workers’ Associations” Christian Democratic Trade Unions

Democratization & Civil War in Columbia

Religious tolerance in the Mongolian Empire

European Economies after the 2003 Crisis


Media Publications

“Sage Methods Short Film on Methods: An Interview on network analysis”, forthcoming in 2019.

“Katilanlarin gozunden ABD Kadin Yuruyusu” (2017 Women’s March from the perspective of protesters),, Jan. 23, 2017, katilanlarin-gozunden-abd-kadin-yuruyusu-tugba-tanyeri-basak-taraktas/


“’Biz’, ‘onlar’ ve toplumsal dayanışma” (“We”, “Them,” and social cooperation), Radikal 2, Feb. 2007.

“Milliyetçilik, siyasallaşma, militanlaşma”, (Nationalism, politicization, militantism) Radikal 2, Feb. 2007.

“Mitinglerin Siyasi Arz Eksikliği”, (Manifestations and the Shortage of Political Supply), Yeni Şafak, May 2007.

“Turkish points of view on EU accession”, Faith in Europe Magazine, May 2007.

“Rights, Identities and EU citizenship”, Faith in Europe Magazine, May 2007.

“Opening of the negotiations with Turkey”, Yeni Aktuel, Oct. 2005.





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