Mahmut Ulas Gozutok

  • Ph.D. Student, Teaching Assistant
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
1602 Patterson Office Tower
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Spring 2017 Office Hours: Tuesday 12:00-1:00 PM ; Thursday 9:30-10:30 AM


PhD in Political Science, University of Kentucky (2014 - )

Master of Arts in International Relations and International Organization, University of Groningen (2012)

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Dokuz Eylul University (2010)


My name is Ulas and I am a third year graduate student with major in International Relations and minor in Comparative Politics. My main research deals with how regime transitions, particularly autocratic transitions, affect the initiation of international crises. For this purpose, I am looking at the motivations and opportunities that autocratic-minded leaders have to eliminate domestic constraints on their executive capacity in non-consolidated democracies, and how this process of democratic backsliding would affect patterns of regional and international crises.

For the Fall 2015 semester, I was a teaching assistant for the undergraduate intro-level course PS 235 World Politics. For the Spring 2016 semester, I was a teaching assistant for PS 210 Comparative Politics. I was the primary instructor for the course Introduction to Political Analysis (PS 372) for the Fall 2016 Semester and I am teaching the same course in the Spring 2017 Semester as well.



My master's thesis examined an analysis of Venezuela-U.S. relations under Hugo Chavez from a constructivist viewpoint. In the past, I have investigated the domestic causes of arms race termination. My dissertation project examines the consequences of autocratic transitions on regional stability and how this process of democratic erosion would shape patterns of international crises.


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