Burak Tan is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago.

He specializes in Political Theory, with a focus on democratic theory and critical theory. His research explores the links between contemporary populisms and our understanding of democratic governance, popular sovereignty, and autonomy.

Burak holds an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago’s MAPSS program, where he worked on authoritarian political rhetoric and the logics of exclusion in contemporary Turkey. Prior to coming to Chicago, Burak received dual BAs in Political Science and Sociology from Boğaziçi University in Turkey.