I am a Political Science Ph.D. candidate at Florida International University (FIU) and currently on the job market. My research broadly focuses on populism, polarization, and democratization from a cross-regional perspective. I am also a passionate teacher who has taught comparative politics and first-year-writing courses at FIU for the past three 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. I defended my dissertation in March 2019.

Out of my research on populism, polarization, and democratization, I have published a peer-reviewed journal article “Strong Presidents and Weak Institutions: Populism in Turkey, Venezuela, and Ecuador” 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 have taught CPO 2002 (Introduction to Comparative Politics), CPO 4303 (Politics of South America), and first-year-writing courses at the undergraduate level. 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.