Rüçhan Kaya's Website
My research is broadly about regime studies and natural resources. In particular, my dissertation, entitled A New Type of Resource Curse? The Effect of Natural Resource Pipelines on Level of Democracy, Regime Stability, and Development, centers upon how resource production affects the processes of regime change, as well as economic and human development in natural resource transit countries. The second line of my research is on democratization by elections literature. Here, I focus on the role of elections’ qualities in furthering civil liberties.
Parts of my research have been funded by the Institute for Humane Studies, Erasmus+ Project, Fulbright Program, and UF Alumni Program.
At Austin College and Texas A&M University, I taught courses on political methodology, comparative politics, and international relations.
Areas of Interest/Research
Resource Politics, Democratization and Regime Transition, Political Economy, Post-Communist Politics, Development, Political Methodology, Energy Security
- Kaya, Ruchan. 2019. “A Bridge at the Border: Belarus between Europe and Russia,” in Janczak, J. (ed.) Old Borders – New Challenges, New Borders – Old Challenges De-bordering and Re-bordering in Contemporary Europe. Berlin: Logos-Verlag.
- Kaya, Ruchan and Michael Bernhard. 2013. “Are Elections Mechanisms of Authoritarian Stability or Democratization? Evidence from Postcommunist Eurasia,” Perspectives on Politics. Web Appendix
- Bernhard, Michael and Ruchan Kaya. 2012.“Civil Society and Regime Type in European Post-Communist Countries: The Perspective Two Decades after 1989-1991,” Taiwan Journal of Democracy 8(2): 1-13.
- “Relative Mobilization Capacity and Democratization”, under review (co-authored with Alexander Pacek)
- “Dissecting the Natural Resource Literature: A New Data Set”, (co-authored with Renato Lima-de-Oliveira)
- Kaya, Ruchan. 2016. “The Volatility in Turkish-Russian Relations: The November 2015 Crisis and Beyond ,” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.
- Kaya, Ruchan. 2015. “Global Dynamics of Oil Price Fluctuations,” Caspian Report. Issue 9: 146-151.