Dr. Cigdem V. Sirin is an assistant professor in the Political Science Department. She joined UTEP in June 2009. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, and her doctoral degree from Texas A&M University.
Her main areas of interest are international relations and political psychology. In particular, her research centers on examining whether, how, and why certain domestic factors (such as public opinion, ethnic/racial and religious configurations, and environmental scarcity) are associated with key conflict processes and decisions (such as military interventions). Her journal publications include articles in Acta Politica, Armed Forces & Society, Terrorism and Political Violence, Civil Wars, International Political Science Review, Presidential Studies Quarterly, the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, the International Journal of Conflict Management, and Race, Gender & Class.
Dr. Sirin's dissertation, “Public Support for Military Interventions across Levels of Political Information and Intervention Phases,” examined the dynamics of public support for military interventions as a function of political information levels and intervention stages using a multi-method approach bringing together a formal framework, experimentation, and statistical analysis. Her dissertation was chosen for Texas A&M University’s College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Dissertation Research Award ($5,000) in 2007.
In terms of her service work, Dr. Sirin currently serves UTEP as a member of the Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee, as a Faculty Senator, as a graduate committee member for the Political Science Master's program, and as library liaison for the Political Science Department. She has been selected to serve as the "International Relations: Conflict and Security" section chair for the 2015 Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) conference. Dr. Sirin has also recently been nominated for the UT Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.