Tugba is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She studies political economy of development using macro- and micro-level statistical data and ethnographic methods.
Her dissertation explores how local social context affects bureaucratic performance and public goods provision. More specifically, she investigates the impact of social networks on local bureaucracies, satisfaction with public services, and social welfare, by focusing on specific mechanisms such as social interaction and informal information flows.
Tugba completed my BA in Economics at Bogazici University and my MA at Central European University, specializing in International Political Economy. Prior to coming to MIT, she worked as an EU expert in the Turkish government in the design and evaluation of various civil society, local government, and academic projects and programs. Her other field experience includes work with municipalities and international organizations in Mexico and Turkey.
PhD Student in Political Science, MIT
Graduate Student Affiliate, CES, Harvard University