Gigi Gokcek

Dr. Gokcek joined the Political Science department in fall 2006. She was celebrated as Dominican University of California 2012 Teacher of the Year, and in 2016 she was named Director of the Honors Program.



E-mail: [email protected]
Office: Guzman Gazebo
Phone: 415.482.2427

Academic Areas

International Relations and Comparative Politics

Educational Background

  • BA University of California, Irvine
  • MA Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • MA, PhD University of California, Santa Barbara

Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Gokcek is a political scientist who researches and teaches in the areas of international relations and comparative politics, and offers a number of courses on World Politics, United States Foreign Policy, Politics of Developing Countries, Politics of the Middle East, and Research Methods. Her political science scholarship focuses on security and development issues, including the internationalization of ethno-religious conflicts, irredentism and secessionism. She is also active in pedagogy, and conducts research on using popular movies, as well as other forms of engaged learning in the instruction of political science, and international studies. Her publications can be found in: International Studies Perspectives, The Journal of Business and Retail Management Research, Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, Indian Journal of Economics and Business, International Journal of Public Policy, Journal of Political Science Education, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and Security Studies.