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Asli Cansunar

Asli Cansunar

Postdoctoral researcher on the WEALTHPOL project
Nuffield College

I am a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at WEALTHPOL Project in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Oxford and Nuffield College. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science (2018) and an MA in Economics (2014) from Duke University, USA. I received my bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Mathematics from Koc University, Turkey (2012).

My research focuses on different aspects of the political economy of redistribution and the welfare state. I mainly pay attention to the preferences over taxes, public goods provision, and social policies.

My dissertation, Redistribution by the Rich: Information, Perceptions, and Preferences, examines the effects of information about the design of the fiscal state and inequality on the preferences over redistributive policies and tax rates, with a special focus on how and why voters have strong misperceptions that affect such decisions.

I am also working on projects analyzing the political and economic institutions of the Ottoman Empire. In particular, I study the elite funded welfare institutions and the political economy of social and religious inequality in the Ottoman Istanbul during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Besides my research, I teach courses in political economy, political methodology, mathematics for social scientists and political economy of Islam.