My name is Namig Abbasov and I am a Political Science Ph.D. candidate in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. I hold a MA in International Relations and Dialogue Studies from Keele University, the United Kingdom, and a BA in Regional Studies and Economic Sciences from Baku Engineering University (former Qafqaz University), Azerbaijan. My research interests are authoritarian politics and democratization, human rights and state repression, political violence, conflict, international and environmental security, global governance, and International Political Economy with a regional focus on broader Eurasian politics. My research employs both qualitative and quantitative methods. My dissertation explores state repression against sexual minorities using a multi-method research design. I am passionate about the use of machine learning algorithms and ensemble forecasting as they offer powerful tools to evaluate the predictive power of models with various theoretical explanations. While theoretical developments are hugely essential to advance political science scholarship, machine learning tools have immense potential to narrow the gap between theory and policy. I am dedicated to continuing professional growth with training in machine learning and large-scale data to resolve advanced research problems.
My articles have been published or forthcoming in Foreign Policy Analysis, Problems of Post-Communism, Asia-Europe Journal, Caucasus Survey, and Middle East Policy.