Tahir is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. His research interests include authoritarian regimes, regime change and democratization, survey analysis, political Islam and Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) politics, concentrating on Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia. In his dissertation research, he focuses on the factors behind authoritarian persistence and democratization in the MENA. In his broader research, he works on the causes of coups d'état, protest participation, survey analysis and democratization in a cross-regional perspective.
Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Tahir received his BA and MA degrees in international relations from Istanbul Bilgi University (2011) and from Koç University, Istanbul (2014) respectively. He has also studied at Sciences Po (Paris) as an exchange student.
I am working on authoritarianism and democratization in the Middle East and North Africa. In my dissertation, I am examining the causes of authoritarian breakdown and patterns of failed and successful democratic transitions in the MENA. In side projects, I am working on authoritarian reconfiguration and survey analysis in the MENA and the link between liberalization, regime change and military takeovers.
Here’s Why Algerians Are Protesting
Feb 25, 2019
Doctoral Student Affiliate M. Tahir Kilavuz (political science) wrote an analysis piece for The Washington Post about the Algerian protests in response to the candidacy of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fifth term.
Regime Persistence and Change in the MENA: Answering Old Questions Through New Evidence
Nov 30, 2018
Kellogg Dissertation Year Fellow Tahir Kilavuz studies authoritarianism and regime change, and democratization in the Middle East and North Africa.