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Tugba Bozcaga

Graduate Student Affiliate


Tugba Bozcaga

Tugba Bozcaga is a Ph.D. student 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 her B.A. in economics at Bogazici University and her M.A. 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.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Ph.D. Student in Political Science, MIT
  • Graduate Student Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University