1. Our study on NCD policy implementation from 2014 to 2021 has now been published in Lancet Global Health.
  2. My preprint on the relationship between regime type and data manipulation is now available from medRxiv.
  3. See our correspondence in The Lancet on the interplay between trust and democracy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. An earlier version of our BMJ article on democratic erosion on population health was cited by David Brooks in the New York Times.
  5. Our analysis of conditions associated with cross-country variation in COVID-19 fatality and infection is now published in The Lancet. This was a large collective effort led by Tom Bollyky, Joe Dieleman, and Erin Hulland.
  6. Our study of the association between corporates financial influence and NCD commercial policy implementation is now published in Social Science & Medicine.
  7. Our analysis of the commercial and political determinants of NCD policy implementation has now been published in Lancet Global Health.


I studied philosophy, politics and economics at Otago University. After completing my masters and doctoral studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science I started working at the department of political science at Bilkent University. In 2003 I moved to the newly created Department of Philosophy at Bilkent, where I became chair in 2015. I am currently also Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Letters.

My research interests are varied, ranging from theoretical work in normative political philosophy to empirical work in comparative politics and health. At the moment most of my research time is devoted to a long-term project on the impact of political institutions on population health.

Further research interests of mine include parliamentary immunity, the oil curse, the capabilities approach, as well as the apparent incompatibility between automatic unconscious behavior and moral responsibility.

My research has been published in journals such as The Lancet, The BMJ, Social Science & Medicine, Lancet Global Health, World Politics, International Studies QuarterlyPublic Choice, Human Rights Quarterly, Philosophical Psychology, Law and Philosophy, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, and the Journal of Political Philosophy.

CV available on request.