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Besir Ceka


Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.A. Bates College

Research Interests and Background

Prior to coming to Davidson, I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. I teach courses in international relations and comparative politics with a particular focus on European politics and international organizations. My research examines the causes and consequences of political trust and satisfaction with democracy in European states. I study the factors that explain satisfaction with democracy and its main institutions and then explore the consequences of such evaluations for voting behavior.

Recently I focused on the effects of the economic crisis that began in 2008 on diffuse support for the European Union and the idea of European integration. I have also been involved in a co-authored book project called International Government that seeks to measure and analyze the authority of international organizations (IOs). This work will soon be published by Oxford University Press. My other works have been published in Comparative Political Studies, European Union Politics, and Foreign Affairs.

I enjoy traveling, playing soccer and racquetball, and learning new languages.


Introduction to International Politics
International Organization
West European Politics
European Integration
Methods and Statistics
Psychology of Political Leadership