Center for Global & International Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Michael Wuthrich

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - Center for Global & International Studies
Assistant Professor of Political Science
PhD, Political Science, Bilkent University
Primary office:
Blake Hall
Room 522
University of Kansas
1541 Lilac Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:
Bailey Hall
Room 214


Mike Wuthrich is Assistant Professor of Political Science and the Undergraduate Studies Director for Global & International Studies. He received his PhD in Political Science from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey in 2011. His interests are Middle East politics, particularly Turkish, Kurdish, and Iranian politics, parties and party systems, electoral behavior, religion and politics, women and politics in Turkey, and nationalism. His publications have appeared in Journal of Democracy (forthcoming), Political Research Quarterly, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Middle East Journal, and Turkish Studies among others. His book, National Elections in Turkey: People, Politics, and the Party System was published in July 2015 with Syracuse University Press.


PhD, Political Science, Bilkent University

MA, Education (Curriculum & Instruction), University of Kansas

BA, Double Major in Psychology & English (Creative Writing), University of Kansas


Electoral politics, contentious politics, and public opinion in the Middle East and North Africa in general with particular expertise in Turkey; Comparative Politics, particularly political parties, party systems, voting behavior, and also the points of interaction between religion, nationalism and politics.

Selected Publications

Wuthrich, M. & Ingleby, M. (in press). Polarizing Populism versus 'Radical Love': Lessons from Turkey. Journal of Democracy,(2).

Ciftci, S. Wuthrich, M. & Shamaileh, A. (in press). Islam, Religious Identities, and Support for Democracy. Political Research Quarterly, 72(2), 435-449.

Wuthrich, F. M., Sayari, S. Musil, P. A., & Demirkol, &. (2018). Changing Media, Party Campaign Strategies, and the Politics of Turkish Elections in Comparative Perspective (Chapter 3). In , Party Politics in Turkey: A Comparative Perspective. London: Routledge.

Wuthrich, M. Tugdar, E. E., & Al, S. (2018). Kurdish Nationalist Organizations, Neighboring States, and "Ideological Distance”. In , Comparative Kurdish Politics in the Middle East: Actors, Ideas, and Interests(1st ed.) (pp. 85-112). Palgrave Macmillan.

Wuthrich, F. M. (2015). National Elections in Turkey: People, Politics, and the Party System, Syracuse University Press.

Wuthrich, F. M. (2013). An Essential Center-Periphery Electoral Cleavage and the Turkish Party System. International Journal of Middle East Studies, 45(4 ), 751-73.

Wuthrich, F. M. (2012). Factors Influencing Military-Media Relations in Turkey. Middle East Journal, 66(2), 253-72.

Wuthrich, F. M., Ardağ, M. & Uğur, D. (2012). Politics, Cultural Heterogeneity and Support for the European Union in Turkey. Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 12(1), 45-62.

Wuthrich, F. M. (2010). Commercial Media, the Military, and Society in Turkey during Failed and Successful Interventions. Turkish Studies, 11(2), 217-34.

Selected Presentations

Wuthrich, F. M. (10/29/2015). National Elections in Turkey: Here We Go Again? Book Talk sponsored by the Institute of Turkish Studies, Georgetown University. Georgetown University

Student Spotlight

Meet Zoya Khan, who graduated with the Middle East Studies minor  along with a double major in Global & International Studies and Political Science. Watch the video below and read more about Zoya here.

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