Burcu Pinar Alakoc | Webster University

Burcu Pinar Alakoc, PhD

Pinar AlakocHead of Residential Programs in International Relations
Assistant Professor of International Relations
H. Sam Priest Center 106
(314) 246-7868





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 is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Department of History, Politics and International Relations at Webster University – Saint Louis. She is the Head of Webster’s Residential Programs in International Relations, a faculty advisor for Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International Studies, and the chair of the IR Graduate Thesis Award Committee. Alakoc teaches several undergraduate and graduate courses in international relations, comparative politics, international security, and political violence. Her research focuses on the drivers of and solutions to political extremism across the world, with particular emphasis on terrorism and political violence. She currently has several related projects underway examining the lethality of suicide terrorist attacks, the strategic use of female suicide bombers in terrorist operations, and the diverse strategies employed by terrorist organizations for increasing the commitment of suicide bombers to their missions. Her work on terrorism appears in The Journal of Political Violence and Terrorism and The International Journal of Conflict and Violence. Alakoc received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. She holds a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas, where she studied as a Fulbright scholar. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, earning both a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Political Science.