- Professional Appointments
- Research and Teaching Interests
- Research Experience
- Teaching Experience
- Service Experience
- Conference Activity
- Awards, Grants, Honors
2017-Present Assistant Professor,
Reinhardt University (Waleska, GA)
2016-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow,
University of Fribourg (Fribourg, Switzerland)
2014-2016 Assistant Professor,
Kadir Has University (Istanbul, Turkey)
2014 Ph.D., International Relations, American University (Washington, DC)
Field Concentrations: International Communication, Comparative and Regional Studies
Dissertation Title: Making New Friends? Relational Public Diplomacy as a Foreign Policy Instrument
2010 MA, Communication Management, Emerson College (Boston, MA)
Foreign Fulbright Scholar
Thesis Title: Controlling the Message: A Strategic Approach to Nation Branding
2008 BSc, International Relations, Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey)
Study Abroad (Erasmus Exchange): University of Wroclaw (Poland)
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
- Political communication
- Public diplomacy
- Place/nation branding
- Strategic communication
- Propaganda and persuasion
- Campaign management
- Public affairs
- Media studies
- Mass media effects
- New media
- Social networks
- Digital diplomacy
- Public Relations
- Strategic writing
- PR campaigns
- Advertising and marketing communication
- Transmedia storytelling
- Research methods
- Social network analysis
- Semantic network analysis
- Content analysis and CAQDAS
- Data visualization
2017-Present Assistant Professor, Reinhardt University, Waleska, Georgia, USA
- Designed and executed a research project on city branding and tourism.
- Submitted an external grant proposal for a multi-country comparative strategic communication project.
- Established relations with local businesses to create internship opportunities.
- Supervised eleven capstone projects on transmedia storytelling.
- Delivered courses on strategic writing, public relations, and research methods.
2016-2017 Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
- Led a research project that investigated the digital diplomacy ecology and its impacts on international relations with Prof. Diana Ingenhoff and her team at the University of Fribourg.
- Hosted a day-long workshop on social network analysis for doctoral students and faculty members.
- Initiated a research project to help SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) choose their service scouts based on their objectives and individuals’ Twitter presence.
2014-2016 Assistant Professor, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey
- Worked on a research project about diplomatic processes in digital media.
- Published a book chapter on the role of local governments in place branding.
- Conducted research on Turkish foreign policy and international development aid.
- Drafted a book proposal based on dissertation research.
- Supervised research assistants and graduate students.
2013 (Fall) Visiting Research, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
- Worked on the “Social media ecology and place branding” research project.
- Attended the 3rd International Place Branding Conference.
2011-2012 Research Assistant, American University, Washington, DC
- Initiated meta literature review project on public diplomacy.
- Gathered data from online archives.
- Designed a research project on semiotics of place branding.
2010-2011 Assistant Director & Doctoral Research Fellow, COTELCO, Washington, DC,
- Supervised the daily operations at the research center.
- Ensured communication among geographically distributed team members.
- Coordinated two research teams working on decision-making, technology, culture, and advocacy networks.
- Analyzed data using CAQDAS and text-mining software.
- Conducted qualitative and quantitative research on perceived policy power, and the impacts of culture on decision-making processes within the context of global virtual teams.
Assistant professor, teaching at undergraduate level, advising student organizations, coordinating the student newspaper
- Undergraduate courses:
- Communicating Effectively (COM108)
- Research Methods (COM230)
- Organizational Communication (COM305)
- Public Relations (COM311)
- Strategic Writing (COM340)
- Media Law and Ethics (COM370)
- Transmedia Storytelling (COM490)
Kadir Has University
Assistant professor, designed three new courses, taught at graduate and undergraduate levels, supervised undergraduate senior projects and graduate theses
- Graduate courses:
- Research methods (SBE501)
- Issue management in corporate communication (CPR501)
- Undergraduate courses:
- Public relations and lobbying (PR319)
- Political communication and campaign management (PR404)
- Introduction to public diplomacy (PR213)
- Nation branding and public relations (CF322)
- Applied public relations research (PR304)
- Communication and media (CF101)
Worked as a teaching assistant for one semester, as an adjunct faculty for four summer semesters
- Teaching assistant:
- World politics (SIS105)
- Global perspectives on public diplomacy (SIS243) – Hybrid
- Qualitative methods and methodology (SIS680) – Hybrid
- Adjunct faculty:
- Global public health (SIS101x) – Hybrid
- Engineering and environmental sustainability (SIS101x) – Hybrid
2018-present Reinhardt University, Institutional Review Board (IRB), Member
2017-present Reinhardt University, Goizueta Scholarship Steering Committee, Member
2017-present Reinhardt University, University Committee on First Year Experience
2016-present ISA, International Communication Division, Executive Committee Member
2018-present ISA, International Communication Division, Program Chair
2017-2018 ISA, International Communication Division, Vice-Program Chair
2015-2016 Kadir Has University, University Committee on Accessibility
2015-2016 Kadir Has University, Academic Advising for sophomore students
2016-present Reviewer for The Howard Journal of Communications (ad-hoc)
2016-present Reviewer for Journal of Marketing Management (ad-hoc)
2014-present Reviewer for Cities (ad-hoc)
2012-present Reviewer for Place Branding and Public Diplomacy (ad-hoc)
Refereed journal articles
Sevin, E. (2017). A Multi-layered Approach to Public Diplomacy Evaluation: Pathways of Connection. Politics&Policy, 45(4), 879-901.
Cevik, S. & Sevin, E. (2017). A Quest for Soft Power: Turkey and the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Journal of Communication Management, 21(4), 399-410.
Sevin, E. & Uzunoğlu, S. (2017). Do Foreigners Count? Internationalization of Presidential Campaigns. American Behavioral Scientist, 61(3), 315-333.
Sevin, E. & Dinnie, K. (2015). Digital channels and technologies for commercial diplomacy: Conceptualization and future research propositions. International Journal of Diplomacy and Economy, 2(4), 266-277.
Sevin, E. & Bjorner, E. (2015) A New China: Portrayal of Chinese Mega-cities in the International Arena. Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, 11(4), 309–323.
Sevin, E. (2015). Pathways of Connection: An Analytical Approach to the Impacts of Public Diplomacy. Public Relations Review, 41(4), 562–568.
Andéhn, M., Kazeminia, A., Lucarelli, A., & Sevin, E. (2014). User-generated place brand equity on Twitter: The dynamics of brand associations in social media. Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, 10(2), 132-144.
Sevin, E. (2014). Understanding Cities through City Brands: City Branding as a Social and Semantic Network. Cities. 38(1), 47-56.
Sevin, E. (2013). Places Going Viral: Twitter Usage Patterns in Destination Marketing and Place Branding. Journal of Place Management and Development. 6(3), 227-223.
Hayden, C. & Sevin, E. (2012). The Politics of Meaning and the City Brand: The Controversy over the Branding of Ankara. Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, 7(3), 155-164.
Payne, G., Sevin, E. & Bruya, S. (2011). Grassroots 2.0: Public Diplomacy in the digital age. Comunicacao Publica, 6(10), 45-70.
Sevin, E. (2011). Thinking about place branding: Ethics of concept. Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, 7(3), 155-164.
Sevin, E., Kimball, S., & Khalil, M. (2011). Listening to President Obama: A Short Examination of Obama’s Communication Practices. American Behavioral Scientist, 55(6), 803-812.
Sevin, E. & Salcigil-White, G. (2011). Turkayfe.org: Share Your Türksperience. Journal of Place Management and Development. 4(1), 80-92.
Sevin, E. (2010). See for Yourself: Rebranding Northern Baja through public diplomacy. Exchange: The Journal of Public Diplomacy Inaugural Issue, pp. 33-40.
Sevin, E. (2017). Public Diplomacy and the Implementation of Foreign Policy in the US, Sweden and Turkey. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
Sevin, E. (2010). Controlling the Message: A Strategic Approach to Nation Branding. LAP Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.
Book Chapters and Other Publications
Sevin, E. & Eken, E.M. (2018). Global Index and Nation Branding. In Y. Watanabe (Ed.). Handbook of Cultural Security (pp. 323-342). Cheltenham:Edwar Elgar Publishing.
Çevik, S. B., Sevin, E.,& Baybars-Hawks, B. (2018). State–Civil Society Partnerships in International Aid and Public Diplomacy: The Case of Turkey and Somalia. In J. Pamment & K. G. Wilkins (Eds.), Communicating National Image through Development and Diplomacy(pp. 169–192). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
Sevin, E. (2017). Understanding Soft Power Through Public Diplomacy. In N. Chitty, L. Ji, G. Rawnsley, & C. Hayden (Eds.), Routledge handbook of soft power (pp.62-71). Oxon, UK: Routledge
Sevin, E. (2017). Globetrotters and Brands: Cities in an Emerging Communicative Space. In N. Bellini & C. Pasquinelli (Eds.), Tourism in the City (pp. 109–122). Springer International Publishing.
Sevin, E. (2016). Whose Violence? Frame Analysis of International Papers. In. B. Hawks (Ed.), Framing Violence: Borders, Conflicts, and Identities (pp. 111-126). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press.
Eken, E. M., & Sevin, E. (2016). Political Will for War. In P. Joseph, The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives (pp. 1361-1363). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
Sevin, E., & Karaca, H. (2016). Corporations as Diplomatic Actors: Conceptualizing International Communication Tools. In N. Zakaria, A.-N. Abdul-Talib, & N. Osman (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Impacts of International Business and Political Affairs on the Global Economy (pp. 349–366). IGI Global.
Sevin, E. (2016). Academic perspective: Web 2.0 and nation branding. In K. Dinnie, Nation branding: concepts, issues, practice (Second edition, pp. 74–75). New York, NY: Routledge.
Sevin, E. (2016). Branding Cities in the Age of Social Media: A Comparative Assessment of Local Government Performance. In M. Z. Sobaci (Ed.), Social Media and Local Governments (Vol. 15, pp. 301–320). Springer International Publishing.
Sevin, E. (2016). Sağlık, İletişim ve Dış Politika: Çin ve Brezilya Örnekleri Üzerinden Sağlık Diplomasisi. In G.A. Sancar (Ed.), Kamu Diplomasisinde Yeni Yaklaşımlar ve Örnekler (pp. 85-107). Istanbul: Beta.
Sevin, E. (2015). TÜRKSOY Üzerinden Türk Kamu Diplomasisinin Dış Politikaya Etkisine Bir Bakış. In M. Sahin & B. S. Cevik (Eds.), Türk Dış Politikası ve Kamu Diplomasisi (pp. 465–498). Istanbul: Nobel.
Sevin, E. (2012). Bridge No More? Turkish Public Diplomacy and Branding under the AKP Government. e-International Relations. Online Journal.
Payne, G. & Sevin, E. (2010). The Emerson election project: Reflections on the visit to the U.S. by Indonesian journalists during the 2008 presidential election. In McKinney, M.S. & Banwart, M.C. Communication in the 2008 U.S. Election: Digital natives elect a president. pp.313-326.
Sevin, E. (2010). From visitors to cultural ambassadors: Public diplomacy and scholar exchange programs. In Business Research Yearbook 2010. Presented at the 22nd Annual Convention of International Academy of Business Disciplines, Las Vegas, NV, pp. 578 – 585.
Sevin, E. (2010). Two of the same?: Crisis communication attempts in AF447 and TK1951. In Business Research Yearbook 2010. Presented at the 22nd Annual Convention of International Academy of Business Disciplines, Las Vegas, NV, pp. 769 – 777.
2018 A Measure of Reputation: “Power” of a Passport (co-authored with S.Cevik). ISA 2018 Conference, San Francisco, CA (April 4-7).
2017 Theory and Practice of Place Branding. Guest Speaker at 2nd Consumer Research Summit, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd, UK (June 20).
2016 Evaluation and Measurement in Public Diplomacy. Roundtable participant in “Soft Power and Public Diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific: Emerging models and Trends”, Griffith Asia Institute, Brisbane, Australia (May 17-18).
2016 Public Diplomacy and Soft Power. Instructor in “Foreign Policy Academy”, organized by Turkish Council on International Relations, Abant, Turkey (February 26).
2016 Public Diplomacy in Academia and Practice. Panelist in “New Public Diplomacy: Regional and Global Perspectives on Engaging with Publics”, organized by Galatasaray University, Istanbul, Turkey (January 8).
2018 A Measure of Reputation: “Power” of a Passport (co-authored with S.Cevik). ISA 2018 Conference, San Francisco, CA (April 4-7).
2017 Overcoming the Measurement Challenge: Nation Branding Messages on Social Media. ICA 2017 Conference, San Diego, CA (May 25-29).
2017 Your Home or a Brand Asset: The Internationalization of Cityscapes and Social Life. ISA 2017 Conference, Baltimore, MD (February 22-25).
2016 Traditional Meets Digital: Diplomatic Processes on Social Media. ISA 2016 Conference, Atlanta, GA (March 16-19).
2015 Mystic or Familiar: The Portrayal of Asia in Turkish Tourism Industry. Seoul National University-Hokkaido University Joint Symposium, Seoul, South Korea (November 27).
2015 Globetrotters and brands: Understanding contemporary cities. Integrating City Tourism(s) in the Urban Research Agenda, L’Aquila, Italy (June 15-16).
2015 Towards A Networked Brand Culture: An Examination Of Stockholm’s Brand On Twitter (co-authored with A. Lucarelli). 3rd Place Management & Branding Conference, Poznan, Poland (May 6-8).
2015 Whose Violence: Frame Analysis of International Newspapers. 4th International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism and Society, Istanbul, Turkey (April 7-8).
2015 Development and Promotion: Development Assistance as a Public Diplomacy Instrument in Turkey (co-authored with B.Hawks). USC Public Diplomacy & Development Communications Workshop, Los Angeles, CA (February 27-28).
2015 Understanding Soft Power Through Public Diplomacy. ISA 2015 Conference, New Orleans, LA (February 18-21).
2015 Tool or Fad? The Conceptualization of Public Diplomacy In Turkish Foreign Policy. ISA 2015 Conference, New Orleans, LA (February 18-21)
2014 When Branding Meets Foreign Affairs: Branded Spaces and Places in IR (co-authored with C. Hayden). ISA 2014 Conference, Toronto, Canada. (March 26-29).
2014 Turkish Public Diplomacy in a Time of Flux. ISA 2014 Conference, Toronto, Canada. (March 26-29).
2013 Is All Diplomacy Public? A Conceptual Analysis of Diplomacy and Public Diplomacy. ISA-NE 2013 Conference, Providence, RI (November 8-9).
2013 A New China: Portrayal of Chinese Cities in International Arena (co-authored with E. Bjorner). 2nd Place Branding Symposium, Beijing, China (October 23-25).
2013 #askwenato: Analyzing NATO’s Place in the New Social Media Ecology. ISA 2013 Conference, San Francisco, CA (April 3-6).
2013 Using Twitter as a Communication Tool in Destination Marketing and Place Branding. 3rd International Place Branding Conference, Manchester, UK (February 13-16).
2013 Competition in International Relations: Political Impacts of Place Branding. 3rd International Place Branding Conference, Manchester, UK (February 13-16).
2012 Define-Visualize-Measure: Using Network Analysis in Place Branding. Special Edition of the International Place Branding Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands (January 20-21).
2011 Who Hears Government’s Voice? Study of Government Public Diplomacy Spending on Public Perception. NCA 97th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (November 16-20).
2011 Turkayfe.org: Share Your Türksperience (co-authored with G.White). 2nd Place Branding Conference, Bogota, Colombia (January 20-22).
2010 Altering the discourse of conflict in Cyprus: Recognition and resolution through public diplomacy. 9th METU Conference, Guzelyurt, TRNC (May 20-22).
2010 Two of the Same?: Crisis communication attempts in AF447 and TK1951. IABD 22nd Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV (April 8-10).
2010 From visitors to cultural ambassadors: Public diplomacy and scholar exchange programs. IABD 22nd Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV (April 8-10).
2010 (November, 2009) Controlling the Message: A Strategic Approach to Nation Branding Processes (co-authored with G.Payne, C.Hayden, and R.Nelson). NCA 95th Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (November 14-17).
2009 More Than a Touristic Visit: Scholar Exchanges as a Communication Method in Public Diplomacy. IABD 21st Annual Conference, St.Louis, MO (April 2-4).
AWARDS, GRANTS, AND HONORS
2018 Reinhardt University, Faculty Development Grant
2017 ISA, International Communication Division, Best Paper Award
2016 University of Fribourg, Post-Doctoral Research Grant
2015 ISA, Travel Grant
2014 ISA, Travel Grant
2014 ISA Northeast, Travel Grant
2013 Milton Wolf Seminar, Emerging Scholar Fellow
2013 American University Vice-Provost Doctoral Research Grant
2013 Stockholm University, Visiting Doctoral Researcher Grant
2011 American University Graduate Research Grant
2011 Greenberg Professional Development Grant
2010 American University School of International Service Dean’s Fellowship Award (2010-4)
2010 IABD Global Communication Award
2009 Emerson College Professional Development Grant
2008 Emerson College Graduate Assistantship Grant (2008-10)
2008 Foreign Fulbright Scholar (2008-10)
2008 Middle East Technical University, High Honor Roll
2005 Erasmus Exchange Program Grant
Last updated, May 2018