Asli Cansunar is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Economy. Her research focuses on different aspects of the political economy of redistribution and the welfare state. She mainly pays attention to the preferences over taxes and social policies. Her dissertation examines the effects of information about the design of the fiscal state and inequality on the preferences over redistributive policies and tax rates, with a particular focus on how and why voters have strong misperceptions that affect such decisions. She is also working on projects analyzing the political and economic institutions of the Ottoman Empire. She studies the elite funded welfare institutions and the political economy of social and religious inequality in the Ottoman Istanbul during 17th and 18th centuries.