Oksan Bayulgen

Associate Professor

Political Science

Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Politics of Post-Soviet region, International Relations

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Oksan Bayulgen received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003. She teaches a range of comparative politics courses, including introduction to comparative politics, politics of Russia and the former Soviet Union, comparative democratization, foreign policy of Russia, politics of oil, introduction to non-western politics and sustainable energy. Her research focuses on the political economy of energy and democratization in the post-Soviet and the Middle East regions. She has conducted extensive field-work in Azerbaijan, Russia, Norway, Kazakhstan, and Turkey. She is currently working on a project analyzing the politics of renewable energy development in Turkey.

Selected Publications:

  • Foreign Investment and Political Regimes: The Oil Sector in Azerbaijan, Russia, and Norway, Cambridge University Press (2010)
  • “Microcredit and Political Empowerment in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan,” International Journal of Development Issues 14:2 (June 2015): 130-148.
  • “Cold War Redux in US-Russia Relations The Effects of US Media Framing and Public Opinion of the 2008 Russia-Georgia War,” Communist and Post-Communist Studies 46:4 (2013): 513-527 (co-authored with Ekim Arbatli)
  • “Two-Steps Forward, One-Step Back: How Politics Dim the Lights on Turkey’s Renewable Energy Future,” Perceptions: Journal of International Affairs 18:4 (Winter 2013): 71-98
  • “Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: Can Access to Credit be Justified As a New Economic Right?” Journal of Human Rights 12:4 (December 2013): 491-510
  • “Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank and the Nobel Peace Prize: How Political Science Can Contribute to the Wider Implications of Microcredit,” International Studies Review 10:3 (2008): 525-547
  • “Foreign Investment, Oil Curse and Democratization: A Comparison of Azerbaijan and Russia” Business and Politics 7:1 (2005): 1-37.
  • “Foreign Capital in Central Asia and the Caucasus: Curse or Blessing?” Communist and Post-Communist Studies 38:1 (March 2005): 49-69.
Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-2231
CV oksan_bayulgen
Office LocationOak Hall 409A
Office HoursTuThurs 1-2:30pm and by appointment