Political Science

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Baris Kesgin
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Phone: 570-372-4371
Email: kesgin@susqu.edu
Office Location: Steele Hall Rm 215
Office Hours: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., MW

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Academic Credentials:
PHD, Univ of Kansas
MA, Univ of Memphis
BS, Middle East Technical University

Kesgin teaches courses on Middle East politics, political leadership, comparative foreign policy and world affairs (Introduction to International Politics).

Kesgin's research focuses on the role of political leaders' personalities in foreign policy making (in particular of Israel and Turkey). His most recent publications appeared in Journal of International Relations and Development, Electoral Studies, Turkish Studies and Perceptions. Kesgin's earlier publications include: Turkey's involvement in the 2003 Iraq War (in International Studies Perspectives with Juliet Kaarbo), a psychological assessment of Turkish-Greek relations (with Cengiz Erisen in Turkish); and teaching critical writing and analytical thinking skills (International Political Science Association, Committee on Concepts and Methods, with Andri Innes and Kate Weaver).

Kesgin is an active member of the International Studies Association (ISA) Midwest region and participates in the annual meetings of ISA and ISA-Midwest. Kesgin is also a member of American Political Science Association, International Society for Political Psychology and Middle East Studies Association. Kesgin received the Margaret G. Hermann Award in 2009 and 2010.


  • HONS-301 Comparative Foreign Policy
  • HONS-301 Intrnl Politics of Mid East
  • INTD-201 International Studies Theory & Practice
  • INTD-505 Independent Study
  • JWST-228 Middle East Politics and Society
  • JWST-390 Intrnl Politics of Mid East
  • JWST-390 Middle East Politics & Society
  • OFFR-310 Global Citizenship
  • POLI-131 World Affairs
  • POLI-133 World Affairs: Statecraft
  • POLI-228 Middle East Politics and Society
  • POLI-323 Comparative Foreign Policy
  • POLI-500 Comparative Foreign Policy
  • POLI-500 Intrnl Politics of Mid East
  • POLI-500 The Arab Spring
  • POLI-501 Senior Seminar
  • POLI-503 Independent Research
  • POLI-504 Independent Study

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