Department Head and Professor of Political Science
Ph.D. Political Science, University of Texas at Austin (2003)
Research Interests: Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Politics of Post-Soviet region, International Relations
Professor Bayulgen has published numerous articles on foreign investment, oil politics, democratization, and microfinance. Her book Foreign Investment and Political Regimes: The Oil Sector in Azerbaijan, Russia and Norway was published by Cambridge University Press in February 2010. She has conducted extensive field-work in Azerbaijan, Russia, Norway, Kazakhstan, and Turkey. Professor Bayulgen teaches a range of comparative politics courses, including introduction to comparative politics, politics of Russia and the former Soviet Union, comparative democratization, foreign policies of Russia and the former Soviet Republics, politics of oil and introduction to non-western politics. She is currently working on a project analyzing the politics of renewable energy development in Turkey.