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Leyla Tiglay is an Ernest May Fellow in History and a Ph.D. candidate at The Ohio State University, specializing in the history of decolonization, international security studies, and STS (Science, Technology, and Society). Her research extends across the international history of Africa, France's colonial empire, and U.S. foreign policy. Previously, Leyla received predoctoral fellowships from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Bush School of Government's Center for Grand Strategy.

Leyla's research examines the impact of decolonization crises on early Cold War nuclear politics and the international nuclear order. Her research focuses specifically on the nexus between decolonization in Africa, France's nuclear testing in the Sahara, and international anti-nuclear movements within the context of Great Power nuclear politics through the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Currently also a fellow at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Leyla holds M.A. degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Boston University's Department of Political Science. She completed her undergraduate education in International Relations at Istanbul University. Her research has garnered support from various institutions, including the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin and the Wilson Center's Nuclear Proliferation International History Project. Before embarking on her doctoral journey, Leyla worked and studied in several countries, including Türkiye, Belgium, Cameroon, and the United Kingdom.

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