Leyla Tiglay

Leyla Tiglay

Leyla Tiglay

Graduate Student


Areas of Expertise

  • Diplomatic History
  • Nuclear history
  • Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation
  • History of decolonization in Africa and the Middle East
  • History of technology and environment
  • Modern U.S. history


  • MA Political Science, Boston University (2018)
  • MA International Studies and Diplomacy, University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (2015)
  • BA International Relations Istanbul University, School of Political Science (2003)

Leyla Tiglay is a Ph.D. student focusing on the international history of the Cold War and decolonization. She is an interdisciplinary scholar trained in political science and history. Her dissertation explores French nuclear policies from the late 1940s to the 1960s. This project explores the nexus of the French nuclear program with the history of decolonization in Africa and the Middle East, the history of nuclear scientific networks, and the international history of nuclear disarmament. Franco-American relations are also a major background theme of her research. Leyla aims to contribute to major discussions on nuclear proliferation and disarmament with fresh cross-disciplinary insights from the historical case study of the French nuclearization.

Currently, Leyla holds several awards and fellowships including Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme Graduate Research Fellowship (2020-2021) and Mershon Center International Security Studies  Fellowship (2020-2021). Previously, she worked as a diplomat in the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and lived in various countries including Belgium, Cameroon, and the United Kingdom.  




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