Bahar Leventoglu
  • Bahar Leventoglu

  • Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Economics
  • 140 Science Drive, 208 Gross Hall, Durham, NC 27708
  • Campus Box 90204
  • Phone: (919) 660-4314
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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Overview

    Bahar Leventoglu is a formal theorist with substantive interests in international relations and political economy. Currently, she has four different ongoing lines of research. One line of research focuses on how leaders use public statements to affect their bargaining position in international negotiations. A second line of research deals with rational explanations of war. A third line of research concerns habit formation in bargaining situations as well as use of strategic tools, e.g. sanctions, in bargaining. A fourth line of research concerns regime transitions: One project focuses on the effect of social mobility on regime transitions, where as another one examines how coalition formation among groups that are ethnically as well as economically divided have an impact on democratization.
  • Bio

    Bahar Leventoglu is Associate Professor of Economics and Political Science at Duke University. She specializes in the subjects of formal theory, international relations, political economy, and comparative politics. She has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses, including Political Applications of Game Theory, Politics in the Developing World, and Microeconomics. Before joining the Duke faculty, she taught at Stony Brook University from 2001-2006 and at the University of Rochester from 1996-2001. In 2001, Professor Leventoglu earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Rochester, where she also earned her M.A. in the same field. She studied political economy and electronics engineering at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, from 1994-1996.

    Within her field, Professor Leventoglu’s research interests focus specifically on applied game theory, models of war, international bargaining, regime transitions, social mobility, and ethnic conflict. She recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to fund her project entitled, “Public Commitment in International Relations”, conducted in collaboration with Ahmer Tarar. Other titles of her published works include, “Public Commitment in Crisis Bargaining,” “Does Private Information Lead to Delay or War in Crisis Bargaining?,” “The Armed Peace: A Punctuated Equilibrium Theory of War,” and “Social Mobility and Political Transitions.” She is currently working with Ahmer Tarar to complete a book based on their recent research project.

    Professor Leventoglu has shared her ideas and insights through both her publications and presentations. Her work has appeared in such prestigious academic journals as the International Studies Quarterly, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. She has been invited to present her work at the Cowles Foundation Conference, the Social Science Research Institute Speaker Series, and the Political Economy Seminar, and to speak at universities, including the University of Southern California, Yale, Northwestern, Columbia, and New York University. She recently presented papers at the meetings of the American Political Science Association and the Midwest Political Science Association.

    In addition to her research and teaching duties, Professor Leventoglu is also a member of the American Political Science Association and the Midwest Political Science Association. She has served on numerous university committees, including the Arts and Sciences Council and the Subcommittee on Travel to Middle East and Maghreb. In 2009, she was also part of the graduate affairs committee for her department.
  • Specialties

    • Methods
    • Security, Peace, & Conflict
    • Political Economy
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • Political Science,
      • University of Rochester,
      • 2001
      • M.A.,
      • Political Science,
      • University of Rochester,
      • 1999
      • B.S.,
      • Electrical and Electronics Engineering,
      • Bilkent University (Turkey),
      • 1994
      • Graduate Coursework, Economics, 1994-1996,
      • Economics,
      • Bilkent University, Turkey
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Fellowship and Tuition Scholarship,
      • University of Rochester,
      • 1996-2000
      • Fellowship and Tuition Scholarship,
      • Bilkent University,
      • 1990-1996
  • Recent Publications

      • with
      • D Epstein, B Leventoglu and S O'halloran.
      • (2012).
      • Minorities and Democratization.
      • ECONOMICS & POLITICS
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      • 24
      • (3)
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      • 259-278.
      • [web]
      • B Leventoglu.
      • (2012).
      • Social Mobility, Middle Class and Political Transitions.
      • Journal of Conflict Resolution
      • .
      • (Forthcoming)
      • with
      • A Tarar and B Leventoglu.
      • (2012).
      • Limited Audience Costs in International Crises.
      • Journal of Conflict Resolution
      • .
      • (Forthcoming)
      • A Tarar and B Leventoglu.
      • (2009).
      • Public Commitment in Crisis Bargaining.
      • INTERNATIONAL STUDIES QUARTERLY
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      • 53
      • (3)
      • ,
      • 817-839.
      • [web]
      • B Leventoglu and A Tarar.
      • (2008).
      • Does private information lead to delay or war in crisis bargaining?.
      • INTERNATIONAL STUDIES QUARTERLY
      • ,
      • 52
      • (3)
      • ,
      • 533-553.
      • [web]
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  • Teaching

    • POLSCI 354.01
      • POLITICS IN DEV WORLD
      • Gross Hall 111
      • MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
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