I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Abdullah Gül University. I worked as an adjunct lecturer at Bilkent, Başkent and Çankaya universities between 2017 and 2021. I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Foreign Policy and Peace Research, Ihsan Dogramaci Peace Foundation between 2018-2019. During 2012-2013, I was a Fulbright Fellow at the MIT Security Studies Program. Between 2015 and 2017, I was a Visiting Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University in the City of New York. I hold an M.A. in War Studies from King’s College London and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Middle East Technical University, Ankara.
My current research on the arms industries investigates the causes that underlie states’ decisions to embark upon defense industrialization and its implications on the global arms market. I am mainly interested in how the transformation of global arms production practices and the emerging new technologies affect states’ defense industrialization and arms procurement. Recently, I started to look into the failures in military innovation and adaptation, with a focus on Turkey.
In addition to my research projects, I co-organized E-Workshop series that aimed to shed empirical light on the defense industrial decision-making process in emerging countries and the political, economic and military factors that have shaped it.