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Evren Celik Wiltse

Evren Celik Wiltse


Professor of Political Science

Office Building

Lincoln Hall



Mailing Address

Lincoln Hall 331
School of American & Global Studies-Box 2212
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Dr. Çelik Wiltse is professor of political science and elected vice president of the Faculty Senate at South Dakota State University (SDSU). Prior to her tenure-track appointment at SDSU, she was an assistant professor at TOBB University of Economy & Technology (TOBB-ETU) in Ankara, Turkey.

She received B.A. and M.A. degrees in Political Science and International Relations from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. She received her PhD from University of Massachusetts Amherst, completing her comprehensive exams in international relations and comparative politics. At UMass, she worked under the supervision of late Prof. Howard Wiarda. Her dissertation was a comparative analysis of development and democratization in Mexico and Turkey.

At SDSU, she regularly teaches courses on Current World Issues, International Relations, Latin American Politics, US Foreign Policy, Gender & Politics, Globalization & Development, and Democracy & Authoritarianism. She led study abroad programs to Cuba, Mexico, and Turkey. She received the Best Teacher and Best Academic Advisor awards in 2019, and the Best Social Science Researcher awards in 2019 and 2021.

Her articles were published in journals such as South European Society and Politics, Perceptions and Social Indicators Research. Her books include Democratic Reform and Consolidation: The cases of Mexico & Turkey (ECPR Press, 2015) and Women’s Paths to Power: Female Presidents and Prime Ministers 1960-2020 (co-authored with Dr. Lisa Hager, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2021).


  • International Politics
  • Education

    PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst;
    MA & BA, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

    Academic Interests

    Development & Democratization, Latin American Politics, International Political Economy, Gender & Politics

    Academic Responsibilities

    Courses: Current World Issues, American Political Issues, International Relations, Latin American Politics, Authoritarianism & Democracy, Gender & Politics, Globalization & Development, Honors Colloquium: X Politics

    Committee Activities

    Elected Vice President of SDSU Faculty Senate
    College Representative for Fishback Honors College
    Library Liaison for Political Science
    SDSU Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Advisory Committee
    Advisor for SDSU Muslim Cultural Student Association and Turkish Student Association
    Contributor to the SDSU “Expert Pitch” media releases on current global issues

    Professional Memberships

    American Political Science Association (APSA)
    International Studies Association (ISA)
    International Political Science Association (IPSA)
    Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)

    Awards and Honors

    • 2022 Distinguished Honoree for Van D. & Barbara B. Fishback Honors College, SDSU
    • 2021 Outstanding Research Award in Social Sciences, SDSU College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
    • 2021 SDSU Global Engagement Award
    • 2019 Teacher of the Year Award, SDSU Fishback Honors College.
    • 2019 Outstanding Research Award in Social Sciences, SDSU College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences.
    • 2019 Academic Advisor of the Year Award, SDSU Student Association.


    2018 SDSU Research Scholarship Support Fund Grant. Project Title: “Pocketbook versus Identity & Emotions: Voter Behavior in South Dakota” (Principle Investigator, $2,500, with Dr. Peterson)
    SDSU Daschle Congressional Career Papers Faculty Research Fellowship (2015, with Zack Mitchell; 2017 with Jacob Wilts)
    SDSU Academic Dissemination Grants (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
    SDSU Honors College New Course Development Grant (2013, with Dr. Greg Peterson)
    SDSU seed grant (2012-13)

    Work Experience

    Faculty: TOBB University, Hacettepe University, Shippensburg University
    Research Assistant: Bogazici University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Smith College
    Assistant Professor, TOBB University of Economy & Technology, International Relations Department, Ankara, TURKEY
    Senior Fellow, Center for Social Policy, TOBB University of Economy & Technology

    Area(s) of Research

    Peer-Reviewed Publications:
    - Wiltse, E.C. & Lisa Hager. March 2021. Women’s Paths to Power: Female Presidents and Prime Ministers, 1960–2020, CO: Lynne Reinner Publishers.
    - Wiltse, E.C. Democratic Reform and Consolidation: the cases of Mexico and Turkey, ECPR Press, Colchester, UK, July 2015

    • Viskupic, F., Wiltse, E.C. and Wiltse, D. 2022. "Pocketbook versus Identity? Farmers’ Attitudes towards International Trade." Forthcoming at The Social Science Journal.
    • Wiltse, E.C. et. al. 2020. “Assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on Honors Student Learning, institutional connections, and intent to return to campus,” Journal of the European Honors Council, Vol: 4 (1)
    • Wiltse, E.C. 2017. “Explaining the dog that doesn’t bark: Why do some localities in Turkey remain resistant to Islamist political mobilization”, published by George Washington University, POMEPS Studies #27 Islamists & Local Politics
    • Erisen, C. and Wiltse, E.C. “Dividedness, Institutions and Economic Performance: A Cross-National Analysis of Democratic Stability”, Social Indicators Research, accepted for on-line first publication, 23 April 2016. doi:10.1007/s11205-016-1343-0
    • Wiltse, E.C. 2013. “The G20 and Global Economic Governance During a Protracted Recession,” Perceptions, Vol: 18 (4), pp.7-28.
    • Wiltse, E.C. 2008. “The Gordian Knot of Turkish Politics: Regulating Headscarf Use in Public,” South European Society and Politics, Vol: 13 (2), pp. 195-215

    Book Chapters:
    • Wiltse, E.C. 2018. “Democratic Challenges of the European Union” Chapter 13 in Democracy and Democratization: Challenges and Opportunities, Editors: Patrick Campbell and Thomas Sherlock, Foreword: Richard Haass, New York: Sloan Publishing [discussed as a “desk paper” at the Democracy Workshop at the American Military Academy at West Point]
    • Wiltse, E.C. 2015. “Chapter 6: Liberalism, Cooperation, Collective Security and Neoliberal Institutionalism” in Introduction to Global Politics, Editor: Evren Balta, Istanbul, Iletisim Press. (in Turkish)
    • Wiltse, E.C. 2017. “Cuba: A Unique Player in World Economy” in Global Political Economy After the Crisis, Editor: Sadik Unay, New York: Nova Science Publishers pp.93-104
    • Wiltse, E.C. 2013. “2008 Crisis, Brazil and a New Social Democratic Development Model Debates,” in Global Crisis and the New Economic Order, Editors: Fikret Senses, Ziya Onis, Caner Bakir, Istanbul: Iletisim Publications (in Turkish)
    • Wiltse, E.C. 2012. “Chapter 8: US Foreign Policy in Latin America and Africa”, in US Foreign Policy, Editor: Ramazan Gozen, Anadolu University Publications, No: 2609, pp. 218-244 (in Turkish, available both in hard copy & e-book formats, 2nd edition in 2016)
    • E.C. Wiltse. 2007. “Globalization and Mexico”, in Globalization: Universal trends, Regional Implications, Editor: Howard J. Wiarda, Boston: MA, University Press of New England (UPNE), pp. 214-243

    Reviewer for:
    Journal of Southeast European & Black Sea Studies
    Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy
    Uluslararası İlişkiler (UI)

    Applications of Research

    • Rethinking in Regional Orders: Hierarchies and Heterarchies, Università L’Orientale, December 13-15, 2018, Naples, ITALY
    • Islamists and Local Politics Workshop, University of Gothenburg & Project on Middle East Political Science –POMEPS, June 13-15, 2017, Brastad, SWEDEN
    • Workshop on Unamendable Constitutional Provisions, organized by Koc University & Boston College, Istanbul, Turkey, June 9, 2015
    • Turkey-Mexico Roundtable Meeting, workshop organized by Mexican Council on Foreign Affairs (COMEXI), Mexico City, June 23-24, 2014
    • Third Annual Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) College and University Educators Workshop, CFR Headquarters, New York, April, 10-11, 2014
    • Origins and Effects of Arab Spring Workshop, Member of the organization committee -with Dr. Ekrem Karakoc of SUNY Binghamton- funded by Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Istanbul, Turkey. January 5-7, 2014
    • Post-positivist International Political Economy Workshop, organized by Prof. Oliver Kessler, Erfurt University, Germany, January 11-12, 2013

    Invited Lectures:
    • Keynote Speech, titled “Democracy During COVID Times”, 4th Annual Young Economists Conference, Turkey (via Zoom) May 20, 2021.
    • Keynote Speech, titled “COVID-19 & The Costs of Subprime Leaders” 4th Economics, Business and Organization Research (EBOR) Conference, Poland (via Zoom) May 22, 2021.
    • Guest Lecture, Universidad Internacional Cuernavaca, Mexico. Lecture title: “De Atatürk a Erdogan: La República turca de cara a su Centenario” (via Zoom) April 29, 2021.
    • Guest Lectures at Bogazici University, TOBB-ETU, and Bogazici University Alumni Association in 2021