Meet Bann Seng Tan, First Generation Scholar in the Profession

Bann Seng Tan is an assistant professor of international relations at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Bogazici University, Turkey. He is a citizen of Singapore who earned his doctorate from City University New York (CUNY), The Graduate Center and has held positions as an adjunct lecturer, as a visiting assistant professorship, and senior research scholar prior to his current position. He has also worked within the CUNY system (Hunter and Queens College), the College of William and Mary, and at New York University. His dissertation research applies the logic of the democratic peace to enduring rivalry. It queries if democracy can pacify hostile interstate relations that enduring rivalry represents. His current research focuses on the use of foreign aid in democracy promotion, and asks “If political liberalization is costly, under what conditions might authoritarian leaders be induced to such costs in exchange for foreign aid?” Tan is based in Turkey where a current concern is the currency crisis making it prohibitively expensive to travel to the US. The APSA grant helped to defray the costs and allowed him the opportunity to present in academic panels and build professional networks.


About the APSA First Generation Scholar in the Profession Travel Reimbursement Grant
In 2015, the APSA Executive Council approved a new standing Committee on First Generation Higher Education Scholars in the Profession, parallel to the existing status committees on Asian-Pacific Americans, Blacks, Latinos y Latinas, LGBT Individuals, Women, Graduate Students, and Contingent Faculty in the Profession. The goal is to bring focused attention to the ways in which class, economic inequality, and mobility can affect political scientists’ ability to thrive educationally and professionally, perhaps throughout their careers. Learn more.