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.
Kilavuz to Receive Inaugural Distinguished Dissertation Award
Oct 4, 2019
Tahir Kilavuz, a former dissertation year fellow who studies democratization in the Middle East and North Africa, will be the first recipient of the Kellogg Institute Award for Distinguished Dissertation on Democracy and Human Development.
Doctoral Fellows Receive Top Placements
May 16, 2019
Six doctoral students affiliated with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies are graduating and have received placements at prestigious institutions.