SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Tolga Sinmazdemir

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Tolga Sinmazdemir
Department of Politics and International Studies

Senior Lecturer in Political Methodology

Dr Tolga Sinmazdemir
Email address:
+44 (0)207 898 4391
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
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Tolga Sinmazdemir is a senior lecturer in political methodology. His research focuses on political conflict and violence, with a special focus on the Middle East. His goal is to identify causes and consequences of conflict through rigorous analysis of original data. Currently, he is studying Syrian refugee flows into neighboring countries and host society attitudes towards Syrian refugees.

Before joining SOAS, he worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Bogazici University, Istanbul, and spent a year as a fellow in the School of Public Policy at LSE. Tolga holds a Ph.D. in Politics from New York University. He is a member of Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP), which is a global research network of scholars doing experimental research.


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Anna E. Kensicki, Space, Time and Narrative: Mapping Mediated, Experiential and Imaginary Constructs



Getmansky, Anna and Sinmazdemir, Tolga and Zeitzoff, Thomas (2019) 'The Allure of Distant War Drums: Refugees, Geography, and Foreign Policy Preferences in Turkey'. Political Geography, (74) 102036, pp 102036.

Sinmazdemir, Tolga (2019) 'Collaborating Across Borders: Challenges and Choices in Joint Survey Research between Local and Foreign Scholars'. PS: Political Science and Politics, (52) 3, pp 503-506.

Fabbe, Kristin and Hazlett, Chad and Sinmazdemir, Tolga (2019) 'A Persuasive Peace: Syrian Refugees' Attitudes Towards Compromise and Civil War Termination'. Journal of Peace Research, (56) 1, pp 103-117.

Fabbe, Kristin and Sinmazdemir, Tolga (2018) 'Syrian Refugees in Turkey and the Politics of Postconflict Reconciliation'. Review of Middle East Studies, (52) 2, pp 249-262.

Getmansky, Anna and Sinmazdemir, Tolga and Zeitzoff, Thomas (2018) 'Refugees, Xenophobia, and Domestic Conflict: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Turkey'. Journal of Peace Research, (55) 4, pp 491-507.

Getmansky, Anna and Sinmazdemir, Tolga (2018) 'Settling on Violence: Expansion of Israeli Outposts in the West Bank in Response to Terrorism'. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, (41) 3, pp 241-259.

Book Chapters

Getmansky, Anna and Sinmazdemir, Tolga and Zeitzoff, Thomas (2018) 'Who Welcomes Refugees to the Public Purse? Evidence from a Survey in Turkey'. Social Policy in the Middle East and North Africa. Harvard: Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS), pp 18-24.

Book Reviews

Sinmazdemir, Tolga (2018) 'Review of States in Disguise: Causes of State Support for Rebel Groups by Belgin San-Akca'. Review of Middle East Studies, (52) 2, pp 426-428.


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