Didem Seyis


Didem Seyis is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Binghamton University (SUNY). Her research focuses on democratic backsliding, populism, nationalism and political parties in comparative perspective. She is a part of various research projects that concentrate on the causes of third wave of autocratization as well as the causes of populist parties’ electoral success. In order to shed more light on democratic backsliding and the rise of populism in unconsolidated democracies, she built a unique dataset on presidential and congressional elections in Latin America from 1990-2018. She teaches courses on regime changes, populism and nationalism.


Prior to coming to Binghamton University, she graduated summa cum laude from Bogazici University with a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations. During her undergraduate studies, she spent a semester at Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. She received her M.A. degree from the Department of International Relations at Koc University with a thesis on the recent changes in primary school curricula in Turkey. Along with her academic studies, she was also a coordinator and researcher at Political and Social Research Institute of Europe (PS:EUROPE). She is among the co-founders of Istanbul Political Research Institute (IstanPol).