Mahmut Ulas Gozutok

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  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
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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)


I am a fourth year graduate student in the political science department at the University of Kentucky. My major is in International Relations with a minor in Comparative Politics. My research and teaching interests are in the fields of International Relations and Research Methods. For the Spring 2018 Semester, I teach PS372 Introduction to Political Analysis. I previously taught PS235 World Politics, PS210 Introduction to Comparative Politics, and PS372 Introduction to Political Analysis in the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Semesters.  Currently, my main research interests revolve around international security, authoritarian regimes, and international crises.

My dissertation prospectus, which I plan to defend this semester, examines how different types of authoritarian regimes manage international crises. I mainly ask why some authoritarian regime types are more prone to escalate international crises than the others. I rely on two main datasets in answering this question: The autocratic regimes dataset created by Geddes, Wright, and Frantz (2014) to measure different types of authoritarian regimes, and the International Crisis Behavior (ICB) dataset (Brecher and Wilkenfeld 2000; Beardsley et al. 2017) to identify different crisis management techniques from negotiation to full-scale military action. An international crisis is defined by Brecher and Wilkenfeld (2003) as “a change in the state’s internal or external environment leading to a threat to one or more basic values, along with an awareness of finite time for response to the value threat, and a heightened probability of involvement in military hostilities” (Ausderan 2015: 29). I predict international crises that involve personalist autocracies and military regimes as participants to be more severe and escalatory in nature than crises experienced by single-party authoritarian regimes.

I was a teaching assistant in the undergraduate intro-level IR class PS235 World Politics in the Fall 2015 Semester. I was also a teaching assistant in PS210 Comparative Politics in the Spring 2016 Semester. I was the primary instructor for introductory research methods course PS372 Introduction to Political Analysis in the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Semesters. I am also teaching the same class this semester.

Before coming to the University of Kentucy, I completed my master's degree at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. My master's thesis focused on a critical analysis of the U.S.-Venezuela relations through the theory of social constructivism. Please visit my personal webpage for more information on my research and teaching interests. 

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