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Besir Ceka


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

Research Interests and Background

I am the L. Richardson King Assistant Professor of Political Science. I teach courses in international relations and comparative politics with a particular focus on European politics and international organizations. Prior to coming to Davidson, I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Broadly speaking, my research and teaching interests lay in the fields of public opinion, political behavior, European integration, international organizations and post-communist politics. My research examines the causes and consequences of political trust and satisfaction with democracy in Europe.

More recently I have explored what democracy means to people across the globe and how socio-economic status affects support for liberal democracy. Another strand of my research focuses on measuring and studying the authority of various international organizations. This work has resulted in a monograph and a co-authored book which was recently published by Oxford University Press. My other works have been published in Comparative Political Studies, European Union Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, Foreign Affairs and Journal of Democracy.

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


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