Şule Yaylaci

Office Address: 

216 McNeil

Visiting Scholar

Ph.D., Political Science, University of British Columbia, 2017
M.A., Political Science, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, 2009
MSc, Public Policy Administration, London School of Economics, 2007
BSc, Political Science and Public Administration, Middle East Technical, University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, 2006

Sule Yaylaci is a Visiting Scholar in the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in 2018. Her research is situated at the nexus of political violence, identity, and governance, and focuses particularly on the regions of the Middle East and Latin America. She uses mixed methods, combining in-depth field research including qualitative interviews and focus groups with statistical methods. At UPenn, she is working with Wendy Roth on the social impact of genetic ancestry testing.

Her PhD dissertation, entitled “Trust in Civil Wars: The Implications of Conflict Character and Threat,” received an honorable mention for the American Political Science Association Comparative Democratization Best Field Work Award in 2018 and was shortlisted as one of the top three candidates for the Vincent Lemieux Prize awarded to the best PhD thesis in Political Science submitted in a Canadian Institution in 2017 and 2018. Previously, she spent a year as an International Fox Predoctoral fellow at Yale University where she was affiliated with the Political Violence FieldLab and the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence.

Some of her work has been published in Civil Wars, Current Psychology, and PS: Political Science and Politics.

She graduated summa cum laude from the Middle East Technical University and did her master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration in the London School of Economics.

More info is available at https://www.suleyaylaci.com/