Bahar Leventoglu, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the Masters of Arts

Bahar Leventoglu
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Office Location:  140 Science Drive, 208 Gross Hall, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-4300
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Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2001
M.A., University of Rochester, 1999
B.S., Bilkent University (Turkey), 1994
Graduate Coursework, Economics, 1994-1996, Bilkent University, Turkey,

Security, Peace, & Conflict
Political Economy
Research Interests: Applied Game Theory, International Relations, Political Economy.

Bahar Leventoglu is a formal theorist with substantive interests in international relations and political economy. Currently, she has four different ongoing lines of research. One line of research focuses on how leaders use public statements to affect their bargaining position in international negotiations. A second line of research deals with rational explanations of war. A third line of research concerns habit formation in bargaining situations as well as use of strategic tools, e.g. sanctions, in bargaining. A fourth line of research concerns regime transitions: One project focuses on the effect of social mobility on regime transitions, where as another one examines how coalition formation among groups that are ethnically as well as economically divided have an impact on democratization.

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Levento─člu, B; Metternich, NW, Born Weak, Growing Strong: Anti-Government Protests as a Signal of Rebel Strength in the Context of Civil Wars, American Journal of Political Science, vol. 62 no. 3 (July, 2018), pp. 581-596, WILEY [doi]  [abs].
  2. Levento─člu, B, Bargaining with habit formation, Economic Theory, vol. 64 no. 3 (October, 2017), pp. 477-508, Springer Nature [doi]  [abs].
  3. with Epstein, D; O'Halloran, S, Minorities and Democratization, Economics and Politics, vol. 24 no. 3 (2012), pp. 259-278, WILEY [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs].
  4. Leventoglu, B, Social Mobility, Middle Class and Political Transitions, Journal of Conflict Resolution, vol. 58 no. 5 (2012), pp. 825-864, SAGE Publications (Forthcoming.) [doi]  [abs].
  5. with Tarar, A; Leventoglu, B, Limited Audience Costs in International Crises, Journal of Conflict Resolution, vol. 57 no. 6 (2012), pp. 1065-1089, SAGE Publications (Forthcoming.) [doi]  [abs].