I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Luther College, Iowa. I have a Political Science Ph.D. from Florida International University (FIU). My research broadly focuses on populism, polarization, and democratization from a cross-regional perspective. I am also a passionate instructor who has taught Comparative Politics, International Relations, and first-year-writing courses for the past four years.

My dissertation “Populism and Leader Polarization in Venezuela, Ecuador, and Turkey” broadly examines the relationship between populism and polarization. I focus on polarizing populist leaders in Venezuela, Ecuador, Turkey, and beyond. In Spring 2019, I won the Best Dissertation in Political Science award at FIU.

Out of my research on populism, polarization, and democratization, I have published two peer-reviewed journal articles “Strong Presidents and Weak Institutions: Populism in Turkey, Venezuela, and Ecuador” and “The Erdoğanization of Turkish Politics and the Role of the Opposition” in Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. Moreover, I have published three book reviews and two co-authored pieces in Democratization, Insight Turkey, ASMEA Book Notes, the Monkey Cage and the Miami Herald.

At FIU, I taught Introduction to Comparative Politics, Politics of Latin America,  Politics of South America, and first-year-writing courses at the undergraduate level.  At Luther College, I currently teach Global Politics, Developing Democracies, Latin American Politics, Global Populism, Research Methods, International Studies Seminar, and Model United Nations. Previously, I worked as teaching assistants for courses on the Politics of Latin America, the Middle East, the United States, and Russia. Based on faculty nominations, I won the Best Political Science Teaching Assistant Award in 2017.

On this website, you can find my latest CV, publications, pictures from research trips, and teaching documents.

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You can also reach me by sending an email to oselc001@fiu.edu or a direct message on Twitter @orcunselcuk.