Bogdan Popescu is a PhD candidate, studying comparative politics, historical political economy, and geo-statistical methods in the Department of Political Science. His research revolves around imperial legacies, corruption, public opinion and development. Bogdan investigates the Ottoman legacy on popular trust and perceptions about the incidence of corruption and economic development in Central and Eastern Europe. Drawing on extensive archival work at the Ottoman Archives in Istanbul, Turkey, he examines the forms of knowledge that the Ottoman Empire needed to assume in order to function and argues that the Ottoman center interpreted religion and made strategic choices whereby new articulations of law, state and society were constructed to define an Ottoman project of power.

Bogdan has a BA in International Relations and Sociology from the University of Bucharest, Romania; MA in Comparative Politics from the University of Essex, UK; MPhil in Politics and International Relations from the University of Nottingham, UK. Read more about Bogdan’s research and teaching interests at: https://bgpopescu.wordpress.com.