Dr. Sibel Oktay


Dr. Sibel OktayAssistant Professor of Political Science & Global Studies

Email: sibelo@uis.edu

Personal Website: http://www.sibeloktay.net/

Phone: (217) 206-7835

Office: PAC 354


Sibel Oktay received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She also holds an M.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Social and Political Sciences from Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey. She was a visiting predoctoral fellow at Northwestern University’s Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies between 2012 and 2014.

Dr. Oktay specializes in Foreign Policy Analysis. Specifically, she investigates how domestic political institutions influence foreign policy decision-making processes and foreign policy behavior; the impact of foreign policy on public opinion and voting behavior; and how the psychological traits of political leaders affect these relationships. Her refereed articles have been published or are forthcoming in the European Journal of Political Research, European Political Science, Journal of European Public Policy, as well as the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. 

Dr. Oktay is also an affiliate faculty member in the Doctorate of Public Administration Program at UIS and teaches for the Capital Scholars Honors Program.

Recent Publications:  “Clarity of Responsibility and Foreign Policy Performance Voting.” Forthcoming, European Journal of Political Research.

Coalition Politics and Foreign Policy.” (2017) Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics.

Quantitative Approaches in Coalition Foreign Policy: Scope, Content, Process.” (2016) European Political Science. (with Ryan Beasley)

Constraining or Enabling? The Effects of Government Composition on International Commitments.” (2014) Journal of European Public Policy 21(6): 860-884.


PSC 373 – Introduction to International Relations

PSC 466 – Politics of Western Europe

PSC 468 – Foreign Policy Analysis

PSC 473 – War and Peace

PSC 476 – International Politics of the Middle East

PSC 485/6 – Political Science Closing Seminar

PAD 655 – Qualitative Research Methods

CAP 226 – What is Power?