Sociologist | Data Scientist
I am a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of North Texas. My research interests include computational social science, political sociology, public opinion, and social psychology. More specifically, I study democratization, the obstacles to the functioning of democracies, and manipulation of public opinion mostly using computational methods and textual data.
My dissertation focuses on how Turkish democracy ended up in a dead-end as a result of the challenges against the status quo. I argue that Turkish democratization failed because the democratization process could not be taken forward without destroying the institutions keeping Turkey from democratizing. The destruction of institutions left the political sphere without any checks and balances against the government, which seized the opportunity and went authoritarian.