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Evren Celik Wiltse

Evren Celik Wiltse


Associate Professor of Political Science

Office Building

West Hall



Mailing Address

West Hall 226
School of American & Global Studies-Box 0510
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


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

Academic Interests/Expertise

Development & Democratization, Latin American Politics, International Political Economy, G20, Turkey, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil

Academic Responsibilities

Courses: Current World Problems, American Political Issues, International Relations, Latin American Politics, Authoritarianism & Democracy, Turkish Politics.
Honors Colloquia: Ethics, Food & Development, Empires: Past & Present

Committee Activities

Coordinator for Political Science program
Center for Teaching and Learning Fellow (CETL) Fellow for Fishback Honors College
College Representative for Fishback Honors College
Library Liaison for Political Science
University Assessment Committee member
Liaison for Social Media, Ambassador for One Day for State fundraising campaigns
Advisor for SDSU Muslim Cultural Student Association and Turkish Student Association
Contributor to the SDSU “Expert Pitch” media releases on current global issues

Awards and Honors

• 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)

Professional Memberships

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

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. Democratic Reform and Consolidation: the cases of Mexico and Turkey, ECPR Press, Colchester, UK, July 2015

• 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
Uluslararasi Iliskiler (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