Dr. Nazli Avdan

Dr. Nazli Avdan
  • Associate Professor
  • Graduate Director
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Political Science

Contact Info

Blake Hall 504F
1541 Lilac Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045


Areas of Expertise: International Relations and Quantitative Methodology
International migration, transnational terrorism, human trafficking and organized crime, quantitative methods


My work bridges insights from international security and economic interdependence literature and tests these implications on migration policies. I have published articles on visa policies and the connection between border governance and human trafficking. My other projects examine flows of transnational terrorism in the context of globalization.

Selected Publications

Avdan, Nazli. Visas and Walls: Border Security in the Age of Terrorism. Books. University of Pennsylvania Press. Philadelphia, Pa: Penn Press, 2019.
Gelpi, Christopher  F, and Nazli Avdan. “Democracies at Risk? A Forecasting Analysis of Regime Type and the Risk of Terrorist Attack.” Journal Articles. Conflict Management and Peace Science, October 2015. 
Avdan, Nazli. “Do Asylum Recognition in Europe Respond to Transnational Terrorism? The Migration-Security Revisited.” Journal Articles. European Union Politics 15, no. 4 (May 2014): 445–71.
Avdan, Nazli. “Controlling Access to Territory: Economic Interdependence, Transnational Terrorism, and Visa Policies.” Journal Articles. Journal of Conflict Resolution 58, no. 4 (2014): 592–624.
Avdan, Nazli. “Human Trafficking and Migration Control Policy:  Vicious or Virtuous Cycle.” Journal Articles. Journal of Public Policy 32, no. 2 (2012): 1–35.
Avdan, Nazli, and Clayton Webb. “The Big, the Bad, and the Dangerous: Public Perceptions and Terrorism.” Journal Articles. Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, Accepted/In Press.