Burcu Savun

  • Associate Professor

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

Representative Publications

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. 

Working Papers

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 

Research Interests

International relations, civil wars, terrorism, third-party conflict management and resolution


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