Oguzhan Turkoglu

Oguzhan Turkoglu

Postdoctoral Researcher

Hertie School, Berlin, Germany


I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Hertie School in Berlin, Germany. With Prof. Ruth Ditlmann, we study intergroup contact and more specifically, we examine when and how institutional support reduces or increases the impact of intergroup contact interventions.

My PhD thesis examines the causes of forced migration with a focus on rebel group dynamics and aims to understand why there are more displaced people from some countries than others. My research also focuses on how varying aspects of violence affect decisions to flee, identity, and political attitudes. My research is published or accepted for publication in Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Political Science Research and Methods, and other outlets.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Working Papers

  • Security Concerns, Ethnic Relations, and Attitudes toward Refugees (Under Review)
  • When to Go? - A Conjoint Experiment on Social Networks, Violence and Forced Migration Decisions in Eastern and Southeastern Turkey (with Sigrid Weber) (Under Review)
  • Preferences for Refugee Settlement
  • The Personal and Political Limitations of Prolonged Intergroup Contact in a Post-Conflict Setting (with Miceal Canavan)
  • Perceived Discrimination and Support for Democracy among Immigrants (with Gizem Arikan) (Under Review)
  • Legitimization-by-Association: The Political Consequences of Peace Talks with Rebel Representatives (with Miceal Canavan) (Under Review)

Work in Progress

  • Does Learning about Past Atrocities Improve Attitudes toward Minorities? Evidence from a Field Experiment (with Ruth Ditlmann and Berenike Firestone)
  • Varying Effects of National Identity by Migration Status (with Ruth Ditlmann and Berenike Firestone)
  • `Stoning’ the Radical-Right: Effects of Local Social Norms on Voting for Radical-Fight Parties (with Ruth Ditlmann and Berenike Firestone)
  • Do perspective taking and self-efficacy in memory work mobilize participants to support minority groups today? (with Ruth Ditlmann and Berenike Firestone)



  • Fall 2018 - 2020: Political Science Math Camp (PhD) - syllabus
  • Fall 2020: POU44251 Politics of Forced Migration (Undergraduate) - syllabus

Teaching Assistant

  • Spring 2020: PO8006 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (Masters)
  • Spring 2020: POU33102 Political Violence and Conflict in Comparative Context (Undergraduate)
  • Fall 2019: POU33091 Theories of Political Violence and Conflict (Undergraduate)
  • Spring 2019: PO2141 International Relations B: Topics and Treaties (Undergraduate)
  • Fall 2018: PO2140 International Relations A: Theories of International Politics (Undergraduate)
  • 2017-2018: PO2640 International Relations (Undergraduate)