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Dr Tugba Bozcaga joined EIS as a lecturer in politics with a specialisation in political methodology. She earned a PhD in political science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2020. Before coming to King's, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Middle East Initiative at Harvard University. She is also a faculty fellow at the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS).

Her research focuses on political economy of development, with a substantive focus on local governance, bureaucracy and state capacity, distributive politics, social welfare, and migration. Her work has been awarded Mancur Olson Best Dissertation Prize in Political Economy (Honorable Mention) from American Political Science Association (APSA). She also received the Best Comparative Policy Paper Award from APSA Public Policy Section, APSA MENA Politics Section Best Paper Award, and APSA Religion and Politics Section Best Paper Award.

More information is available at Dr Bozcaga's website here.

Research interests

  • Political economy of development
  • Bureaucracy and state capacity
  • Distributive politics
  • Education politics
  • Social welfare


PhD supervision

She welcomes doctoral applications in comparative political economy and political economy of development, particularly students keen to work in the research areas listed above and employ mixed methods or quantitative research methods in their studies.

Office hours

Wednesday: 13.30 - 14.30
Friday: 11.30 - 12.30 

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