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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Mine Tafolar

MA in Modern Turkish History; BA in Political Science & International Relations/ History (double major), Bogazici University, Istanbul

Doctoral candidate
Mine Tafolar



I received my B.A. degree in Political Science and International Relations and History departments in 2006 from the Boğaziçi University. I received my M.A. degree in 2008 from Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History, Boğaziçi University. My MA thesis is titled as "Neoliberal Populism and the "Ozal Decade": Its Implications for the Democratic Process." Currently, I am a Ph.D candidate at the Government Department at University of Texas, Austin. My doctoral dissertation is on the Conditional Cash Transfer Programs and their impacts on citizenship rights in Turkey and Argentina. My major area of interests are comparative political economy, social policy and citizenship rights in the Middle East and Latin America, democratic quality and clientelism, conditional cash transfer programs, and political participation of low-income citizens in the developing world. I received an external fellowship from American Association of University Women (AAUW) for 2013-2014 academic year along with Graduate Dean's Prestigious Fellowship Supplement from the University of Texas at Austin.


Comparative political economy, welfare state, social policy in the Middle East and Latin America, clientelism and quality of democracy
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