My current research is focussed on two main areas:

  • Comparative political economy of voter turnout under competitive authoritarianism
  • Network analysis and digital methods in political science

A summary of the themes along with relevant papers are included below. For a complete list of my publications, please see my CV.

Political Economy of Turnout in Hybrid Regimes


  • Economic Hardship as a Mobilizer in Autocracies? Unemployment and Voter Turnout in Authoritarian Elections, Evidence from Iran and Russia
  • Socioeconomic Modernization and Voter Turnout in Authoritarian Elections: The White Revolution and Elections to the Iranian National Assembly
  • Voter Turnout and Public Goods Provision in the Face of Ethnic Diversity: Evidence from Turkey under AKP
  • Industrial Development versus Agrarian Constituency: The Russian Constituent Assembly Elections in 1917
Network Collective Action

Book: Leading from the Periphery and Network Collective Action


  • [Political Communication January 2014 – 31(1) ] “Media Disruption and Revolutionary Unrest: Evidence from Mubarak’s Quasi-Experiment,” Link
    • This study was featured in the NYTimes Link
  • A Quasi-Experimental Study of Contagion and Coordination in Urban Conflict: Evidence from The Syrian Civil War in Damascus Link
  • Hushed Dissent: Permanent Incumbency Advantage and Varieties of Online Political Dialogue under Competitive Authoritarianism Link
  • Political Ideology and Network Distance Metrics, Methods and Validation


  • [PS: Political Science & Politics April 2013 – 46(2)] “Tracking the Semantics of Politics: A Case for Online Data Research in Political Science” Link
  • “The Strategy of Perception in Third Party Interventions,” Link
  • “Transparency and Repression: An Explanation for the Democratic Civil Peace,” Link