I studied philosophy, politics and economics at Otago University in New Zealand. After completing my masters and doctoral studies at London School of Economics and Political Science I started working at the department of political science at Bilkent University. In 2003 I moved to the newly created department of philosophy at Bilkent, where I became chair in 2015.
My research interests are varied, ranging from theoretical work in normative political philosophy to empirical work in comparative politics. At the moment most of my research time is devoted to a long-term project on the impact of political institutions on population health. This has an important bearing on the question of whether democracy can be justified because of the outcomes that it produces.
A further research interest of mine concerns the justification of parliamentary immunity. I argue that the benefits of protecting elected representatives from prosecution outweigh the costs. In another research project I develop an account of education that is based on the capabilities approach pioneered by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum. In the coming months I will be returning to my research on the apparent incompatibility between automatic unconscious behavior and moral responsibility.
My work has been published in a number of journals, including World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Social Science & Medicine, Public Choice, Social Indicators Research, Human Rights Quarterly, Law and Philosophy, Journal of Value Inquiry, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, and the Journal of Political Philosophy.