Bahar Leventoglu

Bahar Leventoglu

Associate Professor of Political Science

External Address: 
140 Science Drive, 208 Gross Hall, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-4314
Methods, Political Economy, Security, Peace, Conflict

Bahar Leventoglu is a formal theorist with substantive interests in international relations and political economy. Currently, she has four different ongoing lines of research. One line of research focuses on how leaders use public statements to affect their bargaining position in international negotiations. A second line of research deals with rational explanations of war. A third line of research concerns habit formation in bargaining situations as well as use of strategic tools, e.g. sanctions, in bargaining. A fourth line of research concerns regime transitions: One project focuses on the effect of social mobility on regime transitions, where as another one examines how coalition formation among groups that are ethnically as well as economically divided have an impact on democratization.


  • Ph.D., University of Rochester 2001
  • M.A., University of Rochester 1999
  • B.S., Bilkent University (Turkey) 1994

Leventoğlu, B., and N. W. Metternich. “Born Weak, Growing Strong: Anti-Government Protests as a Signal of Rebel Strength in the Context of Civil Wars.” American Journal of Political Science, vol. 62, no. 3, July 2018, pp. 581–96. Scopus, doi:10.1111/ajps.12356. Full Text

Leventoğlu, B. “Bargaining with habit formation.” Economic Theory, vol. 64, no. 3, Oct. 2017, pp. 477–508. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s00199-016-0994-z. Full Text

Leventoğlu, B. “Social Mobility, Middle Class, and Political Transitions.” Journal of Conflict Resolution, vol. 58, no. 5, Jan. 2014, pp. 825–64. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0022002713478563. Full Text

Tarar, A., and B. Leventoǧlu. “Limited Audience Costs in International Crises.” Journal of Conflict Resolution, vol. 57, no. 6, Dec. 2013, pp. 1065–89. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0022002712459713. Full Text

Epstein, D., et al. “Minorities and Democratization.” Economics and Politics, vol. 24, no. 3, Nov. 2012, pp. 259–78. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1468-0343.2012.00403.x. Full Text

Tarar, A., and B. Leventoǧlu. “Public commitment in crisis bargaining.” International Studies Quarterly, vol. 53, no. 3, Sept. 2009, pp. 817–39. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1468-2478.2009.00557.x. Full Text

Leventoğlu, Bahar, and Ahmer Tarar. “Does Private Information Lead to Delay or War in Crisis Bargaining?*.” International Studies Quarterly, vol. 52, no. 3, Oxford University Press (OUP), Sept. 2008, pp. 533–53. Crossref, doi:10.1111/j.1468-2478.2007.00514.x. Full Text

Leventoǧlu, B., and B. L. Slantchev. “The armed peace: A punctuated equilibrium theory of war.” American Journal of Political Science, vol. 51, no. 4, Oct. 2007, pp. 755–71. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1540-5907.2007.00279.x. Full Text

Leventoǧlu, B. “Social mobility and political transitions.” Journal of Theoretical Politics, vol. 17, no. 4, Oct. 2005, pp. 465–96. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0951629805056897. Full Text

Leventoǧlu, B., and A. Tarar. “Prenegotiation public commitment in domestic and international bargaining.” American Political Science Review, vol. 99, no. 3, Aug. 2005, pp. 419–33. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0003055405051750. Full Text Open Access Copy

Selected Grants

Collaborative Research: Public Commitment in International Relations awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2008