Burcu Pinar Alakoc, PhD

Pinar Alakoc   Assistant Professor of International Relations


PhD, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2014
MA, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2009
MA, University of Kansas, 2007
BA, Bilkent University, 2004 


International Relations
Political Violence and Terrorism
International Security and Conflict Studies 


Burcu Pinar Alakoc, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Department of History, Politics and International Relations at Webster University. She specializes in political violence and terrorism with a regional concentration in Middle East and South Asia. Substantively, she focuses on suicide terrorism and perpetrators of terrorism, and studies questions such as what makes suicide terrorism an effective strategy, what motivates suicide bombers and how various organizational strategies determine the organizational choice of suicide terrorism. Dr. Alakoc’s current work examines the lethality of suicide attacks using newly collected data, and motivations of suicide bombers using existing interviews with failed suicide bombers. She enjoys teaching courses on international relations and security, foreign policy analysis, comparative politics, and research methods.