Burcu Savun is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She studies the ways states cooperate and intervene to end and prevent violent conflicts, including civil wars and terrorism. Her research builds from the premise that international and domestic political environments affect both the termination of ongoing violent conflicts and the onset of new ones, particularly during democratization movements and global economic crises. Her current work focuses on the effectiveness of foreign aid as a conflict prevention tool.
PS 0500 World Politics
PS 1581 Capstone Seminar in International Relations
PS 1583 Topics in International Relations
PS 2505 Civil Wars
Education & Training
- PhD, Rice University, 2006
Savun, Burcu and Daniel C. Tirone. 2012. “Exogenous Shocks, Foreign Aid, and Civil War.” International Organization.66:363-393
Savun, Burcu and Daniel C. Tirone. 2011. “Foreign Aid, Democratization, and Civil Conflict: How does Democracy Aid Affect Civil Conflict?” American Journal of Political Science 55(2): 233-246.
Mattes, Michaela and Burcu Savun. 2010. “Information, Agreement Design and the Durability of Civil War Settlements.” American Journal of Political Science 54(2): 511-524.
Savun, Burcu and Scott Cook. “Exogenous Shocks, Bargaining Problems, and the Onset of Civil War.” Working Paper: University of Pittsburgh.
Savun, Burcu and Jude Hays. “Foreign Aid, Corrupt Governments, NGOs and the Delegated Fight Against Terrorism.” Working Paper: University of Pittsburgh.
Savun, Burcu, José Antonio Cheibub, and Jude Hays. “Elections and Civil War.” Working Paper: University of Pittsburgh.
Savun, Burcu and Scott Cook. "Defective Democratization: Prior Regimes and Civil Conflict". Working Paper: University of Pittsburgh
International relations, civil wars, terrorism, third-party conflict management and resolution