Ekrem T. Baser

 Ekrem Baser

Contact Information

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1407 W Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
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I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My dissertation contributes to our understanding of how states overcome trust and commitment problems, focusing on reputation dynamics. My theoretical work relies on dynamic reputation models to examine the relationship between states’ reputations and their incentives to maintain them. I test empirical implications of these theories in both IPE and conflict settings, such as foreign direct investment and deterrence. In addition to my dissertation work, I am also interested in civil wars and nonviolent movements.

Research Interests

  • International Relations
  • Political Economy


  • MA Georgetown University
  • MA Kent State University
  • BA Middle East Technical University

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Baser, Ekrem Taha Shift-of-axis in Turkish Foreign Policy: Turkish National Role Conceptions Before and During AKP Rule Turkish Studies 2015.