Fırat Kimya

Fırat Kimya

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College

About me

Welcome! I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College , USA. Previously, I taught at the University of Virginia where I earned my PhD from the Department of Politics in April 2023.

My research and teaching focus on political parties and democratization, particularly in party formation and its enduring impact on democracy. I am also engaged in additional projects exploring party polarization, democratic backsliding, political elite networks, and political economy.

My work has appeared in several academic journals including Party Politics, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, and Turkish Studies.