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Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois at Springfield

Sibel Oktay is a nonresident senior fellow of public opinion and foreign policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois, Springfield. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Governing Abroad: Coalition Politics and Foreign Policy in Europe (University of Michigan Press, 2022). Her research on international politics and foreign policy appear in European Security, European Journal of Political Research, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, among others. Her commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The Hill, Vox, The Conversation, and also on BBC and Deutsche Welle's international services. She is the president of the Foreign Policy Analysis section of the International Studies Association.


  • 2021–present
    Nonresident Senior Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • 2020–present
    Associate professor, University of Illinois at Springfield


  • 2014 
    Syracuse University, Political Science