Ali Rıza Güngen is a political scientist whose research focuses on dependent financialization, state transformations, and public banks in the Global South. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Peasant Studies, New Political Economy, Development and Change, and the Cambridge Journal of Economics, and he has published extensively on the political economy of emerging economies. His new book, Politics of Debt: Financial Inclusion in Turkey, was published in 2021 (in Turkish). Güngen has served as a member of the executive board of the Turkish Social Sciences Association. He currently serves as the editor-in-chief of the social sciences journal Praksis and is a Middle East Studies Association Global Academy Fellow. His recent research inquires the limits and possibilities of the use of public banks for an equity-oriented post-pandemic recovery in the Global South, and the intertwining of authoritarianism with specific growth models, pushing for reconfiguration of power blocs in the Middle East amid changing global financial circumstances.