I am an assistant professor of political science at the University of Texas at El Paso. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, and my doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. My main areas of interest are conflict behavior and political psychology. In particular, my research centers on examining whether, how, and why certain domestic factors (such as public opinion, ethnic/racial and religious configurations, and environmental scarcity) are associated with key conflict processes and decisions (such as military interventions). I currently serve UTEP as a member of the Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee, as a Faculty Senator, as a graduate committee member for the Political Science Master's program, and as library liaison for the Political Science Department. I have been selected to serve as the "International Relations: Conflict and Security" section chair for the 2015 Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) conference. I have also recently been nominated for the UT Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.
Examining the Distinct Effects of Emotive Triggers on Public Reactions to International Terrorism (with Nehemia Geva), Terrorism and Political Violence (forthcoming) (2013)
Analyzing the Determinants of Group Identity among Alevis in Turkey: A National Survey Study, Turkish Studies (forthcoming) (2013)
Public Support for Military Interventions across Levels of Political Information and Stages of Intervention: The Case of the Iraq War, Armed Forces & Society (2012)
Agenda Setting from the Oval Office: An Experimental Examination of Presidential Influence over the Public Agenda (with José D. Villalobos), International Journal of Public Opinion Research (2012)
Examining the Role of Identity in Negotiation Decision Making: The Case of Cyprus, International Journal of Conflict Management (2012)
Environmental Protection, U.S. Influence on Latin American Policies, Encyclopedia of United States-Latin American Relations (2012)
Marital Status and Voting Behavior, Encyclopedia of U.S. Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral Behavior (2008)