Gigi Gokcek, PhD

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Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Education , Professor of Political Science

Political Science and International Studies

School of Liberal Arts and Education

Gigi is a Professor of Political Science. She joined the Dominican faculty in 2006. Previously at Dominican, she directed the Honors Program and was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2012. Gigi offers courses in international relations, as well as comparative politics, and conducts research in the areas of international security, development, education, in addition to active and engaged learning. Her current research focuses on women in legislative office globally, innovative pedagogies in the teaching of international relations, and faculty development. She is the former chair of the Women’s Caucus at the International Studies Association.


UC Santa Barbara, PhD, MA, Political Science

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, MA, International Policy Studies

UC Irvine, BA, Honors Political Science and Spanish

Selected Publications

Hatfield, L., Maxson, J. Shinaberger, J., Norton, H., DeMartino, C., Finley-Croswhite, A., and G. Gokcek. 2022. “Building Resilience in CTLs: Reflections on Practice.” To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development, 41(1): 185-216.

Gokcek, G. 2022. "Theory vs Practice: An Administrative Perspective on Teaching and Learning in a Pandemic." In Lantis, J.S. Ed. Active Learning in Political Science for a Post-Pandemic World. Palgrave Macmillan

Gokcek, G. and P. James. 2021. “Teaching IR with Literature and Film.” In Scott, J.M., Carter, R.G., Scott, B.J., and J.S. Lantis Eds. Teaching International Relations. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Gokcek, G. 2021. “Adapting IR to The Changing Landscape of American Higher Education.” International Studies Perspectives 22 (2): 133-137.

Gokcek, G. 2019. “Swimming, not Sinking: Pedagogical Creativity and the Road to Becoming an Effective IR Teacher.” In Frueh, J. Ed. Pedagogical Journeys through World Politics: Adventures in Teaching. Palgrave Macmillan

Gueldry, M., Gokcek, G. and L. Hebron, Eds. 2019. Understanding New Security Threats. London: Routledge

Campbell, J. and G. Gokcek. 2019. The Final Frontier: International Relations and Politics through Star Trek and Star Wars. Lexington Books (Lanham: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc.)

Zartner, D., Carpenter, K., Gokcek, G., Melin, M., and C. Shaw. 2018. “Knowledge, Skills, and Preparing for the Future: Best Practices to Educate our Majors for Life After College.” International Studies Perspectives 19 (2): 148-169. First published on-line April 2017

Nelson, M., Sooreea R. and G. Gokcek. 2016. “The FDI-Political Risk Nexus: Some New Insights.” The Journal of Business and Retail Management Research 11: 31-41

Giedt, T., Gokcek, G., and J. Ghosh. 2015. “International Education in the 21st Century: The Importance of Faculty in Developing Study Abroad Research Opportunities.” Frontiers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad 26: 167-186

Anderson, E., Sooreea, R., Gokcek, G., and D. Tapia-Jimenez. 2014. “Will India’s Human Capital Deliver its Demographic Dividend?” Indian Journal of Economics and Business 13 (3): 463-480

Ernst, B., Sooreea, R., Gokcek, G., and D. Spain. 2014. “The Economic Impacts of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations: Growth versus Level Effects.” International Journal of Public Policy 10 (1/2/3): 100-117

Gokcek, G., and A. Howard. 2013. “Movies to the Rescue: Keeping the Cold War Relevant for 21st Century Students.” Journal of Political Science Education 9 (4): 436-452

Gokcek, G. 2011. “Irredentism versus Secessionism: The Potential for International Conflict.” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 17 (3): 276-296

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