I am a fifth-year Political Science Ph.D. candidate at Florida International University. I also have a BA and an MA from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul.

Currently, I am working on my dissertation, which broadly examines the relationship between populism and polarization. Particularly, I focus on polarizing populist leaders in Venezuela, Ecuador, Turkey, and beyond. My dissertation argues that the essence of polarization in these three countries are captured by how people are divided over the perception of Hugo Chávez, Rafael Correa, and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Besides my dissertation, I have published a peer-reviewed journal article examining populism in Turkey, Venezuela, and Ecuador in the context of strong presidents and weak democratic institutions. I have also published newspaper articles and book reviews on Turkish and Latin American politics.

At FIU, I have taught the CPO 2002 (Introduction to Comparative Politics), the CPO 4303 (Politics of South America), and the ENC 1101 (Writing and Rhetoric I) courses at the undergraduate level. Previously, I worked as teaching assistants for courses on politics of Latin America, the Middle East, the United States, and Russia.

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

Feel free to leave comments and engage in a dialogue with the content.

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


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