Simon Wigley studied philosophy, politics and economics at Otago University in New Zealand. After completing his masters and doctoral studies at London School of Economics and Political Science he started working at the department of political science at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. In 2003 he moved to the newly created department of philosophy at Bilkent, where he became chair in 2015. His research interests are varied, ranging from theoretical work in normative political philosophy to empirical work in comparative politics. At the moment much of his research time is devoted to a long term project on the impact of political institutions on population health. Further research interests include the oil curse, parliamentary immunity, moral responsibility, and the capabilities approach. His research has been published in journals such as World Politics, The Lancet, International Studies Quarterly, Social Science & Medicine, Public Choice, Human Rights Quarterly, Philosophical Psychology, Law and Philosophy, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, and the Journal of Political Philosophy.