Aytug Sasmaz

Aytug Sasmaz

PhD Candidate in Government
AS

I work on political participation, parties, governance institutions and welfare regimes in the Middle East and North Africa. My Ph.D. dissertation project explores the evolution of secular-modernist political parties in the region and the determinants of their electoral strength in the aftermath of 2010. For this project, I conducted extensive field research in Tunisia and Turkey and collected data through interviews with party elites and activists, and through household and candidate surveys around local elections. Other projects I am involved in explores, among others, the socio-political determinants of health care quality (Lebanon), unintended consequence of a local governance reform in Turkey, internal factions and debates of the Islamist party in Tunisia, and political and civic engagement of youth in the Middle East. I served as a TF for Comparative Politics of Middle East, Intro to Research Methods and Gov 20 before. I am particularly interested in advising theses on Middle East politics, party politics, political participation, and local governance.

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