Political Science

Yasemin Akbaba


Political Science



Campus Box 0406


Glatfelter Hall
Room 312
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


BS Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), 2001
PhD University of Missouri–Columbia, 2006

Academic Focus

International Relations, Religion and Conflict, Foreign Policy Analysis

Yasemin Akbaba is a Professor in Political Science Department and co-editor of the journal International Studies Perspectives. Professor Akbaba teaches courses in International Relations with a focus on religion, ethnicity and conflict.

Professor Akbaba’s research focuses on role of religion in international relations and foreign policy analysis with special interests in ethnic and religious groups. She has authored/co-authored several journal articles that have appeared in Political Studies,Journal of Peace Research, Comparative European Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, Politics and Religion, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Ethnopolitics, Civil Wars, International Interactions, Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, Politics, Religion & Ideology, and others. Her co-authored book, Role Theory in the Middle East and North Africa, applies role theory to Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) of Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

She is interested in research on teaching. She had received Gettysburg College’s Thompson Award for distinguished teaching and UMC’s (Political Science Department) Excellence in Teaching Award.

Courses Taught