I am a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago in the Department of Political Science. I study comparative politics, historical political economy and geo-statistical methods. My research revolves around imperial legacies, corruption, perceptions about corruption and public opinion more broadly. My PhD dissertation investigates the Ottoman imperial project and its legacies in Eastern and Central Europe. Specifically, I examine the Ottoman legacy on popular trust in institutions and perceptions about incidence of corruption today. Drawing on extensive archival work at the Ottoman Archives in Istanbul, Turkey (Başbakanlık Devlet Arşivleri Genel Müdürlüğü) I examine the forms of knowledge that the Ottoman Empire needed to assume in order to function. I argue that the Ottoman center interpreted religion and made strategic choices whereby new articulations of law, state and society were constructed to define an Ottoman project of power.
I have a BA in International relations and Sociology from the University of Bucharest, Romania; MA in Comparative Politics from the University of Essex, UK; MPhil in Politics and International Relations from the University of Nottingham, UK.