Burcu Savun

  • Director of Graduate Studies & Associate Professor

Burcu Savun is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in International Relations. Her primary research interests include civil wars, terrorism, conflict resolution, forced migration, and refugees. Her research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Journal of Peace Research.


PS 0500 World Politics
PS 1534 Civil Wars
PS 1537 Peacemaking and Peacekeeping
PS 1581 Capstone Seminar in International Relations
PS 2534 Civil Wars (Graduate Seminar)
PS 2563 Peacemaking and Peacekeeping (Graduate Seminar)

Education & Training

  • PhD, Rice University, 2006

Representative Publications

Forthcoming. “Reputation, Concessions, and Territorial Civil War: Do Ethnic Dominoes Fall, or Don’t They?" Journal of Peace Research (with Nils-Christian Bormann)

2017. “Foreign Aid as a Counterterrorism Tool: More Liberty, Less Terror?" Journal of Conflict Resolution (with Daniel Tirone)

2012. “Exogenous Shocks, Foreign Aid, and Civil War” International Organization 66: 363-393 (with Daniel Tirone) 

2011. “Foreign Aid, Democratization, and Civil Conflict: How does Democracy Aid Affect Civil Conflict?”  American Journal of Political Science 55: 233-246. (with Daniel C. Tirone)

2009. “Democracy, Foreign Policy, and Terrorism.”  Journal of Conflict Resolution 53: 878- 904. (with Brian J. Phillips)

Research Interests

International Relations
Civil Wars
Conflict Resolution
Forced Migration and Refugees


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