Burak Giray

Burak Giray

Research & Teaching Assistant

University of Houston

About me

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Houston. My main research areas include UN interventions in conflicts, the supply-side, effectiveness and legitimacy of UN peacekeeping operations, and the durability of peace settlements.

In my dissertation, UN Peacekeeping Operations: Conflicting Interests and Effectiveness, I study how divergent interests of troop-providers affect the overall success of UN peacekeeping missions.


  • Peacekeeping Effectiveness
  • Supply-side of Peacekeeping
  • Legitimacy of UN Missions


  • PhD in Political Science and Government, 2022

    University of Houston, Texas/USA

  • BSc in Political Science and International Relations, 2014

    Cankaya University, Ankara/Turkey

  • BA in Translation and Interpreting Studies, 2014

    Cankaya University, Ankara/Turkey



Research Assistant

Hobby School of Public Affairs

Aug 2021 – Present University of Houston

Responsibilities include:

  • Data collection & analysis
  • Dissemination of results

Research & Teaching Assistant

Department of Political Science

Aug 2017 – Aug 2021 University of Houston

Responsibilities included:

  • Instructor of Record for POLS 3389 - European Union Politics, Spring 2021
  • Laboratory Assistant for Quantitative Methods I & II, in 2019
  • Taught R statistics and LaTeX at graduate level

Instructional Assistant

C. T. Bauer College of Business

Aug 2016 – Jul 2017 University of Houston

Responsibilities included:

  • Instructional support in the classroom

Works under Review

Recent Posts

Archived Tweets using R

Interested in using archived Twitter data in R? On this page, you’ll find a tutorial on how to access archived tweets in R. To be able to access archived tweets, first we need to connect to Twitter’s APIs and have a Twitter developer account.

Sample Lab Session

On this page, you’ll find an example of the labs from Quantitative Methods I class, taught at University of Houston, Fall 2019. Feel free to use the R codes and practice on your own.

Solutions for the Lab Session

Here you can find the solutions for the R codes given in Sample Lab Session post. I hope the sample has been useful. Solutions: 2*3 ## [1] 6 2^3 ## [1] 8 log(2.


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