Dr. Cigdem V. Sirin is Associate Professor of Political Science at UTEP. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, and her doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. Dr. Sirin is a recipient of the University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.
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 publications include articles in Journal of Politics, Political Psychology, International Studies Quarterly, International Political Science Review, Acta Politica, Armed Forces & Society, and numerous other venues.
In terms of her service work, Dr. Sirin currently serves UTEP as a member of the Women's Council, member of the Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee, Faculty Senator, Fellow for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, graduate committee member for the Political Science Master's program, and 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 been a co-investigator of the "Large Class Project" (under the leadership of Provost Junius Gonzales and Dr. Charles Ambler), which aims to increase student success rates in large undergraduate courses.