Curriculum Vitae

Efe SEVIN, Ph.D.

efe@efesevin.com
https://american.academia.edu/EfeSevin
http://www.efesevin.com/
@efesevin

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PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

 2016-Present  Post-Doctoral Fellow,

Department of Communication and Media Research

University of Fribourg (Fribourg, Switzerland)

2014-2016       Assistant Professor,

Department of Public Relations and Information

Kadir Has University (Istanbul, Turkey)

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EDUCATION 

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

Dissertation Co-supervisors: Dr. Craig Hayden and Dr. R.S. Zaharna

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)

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RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

  • Political communication
    • Public diplomacy
    • Place/nation branding
    • Strategic communication
    • Propaganda and persuasion
    • Campaign management
    • Public affairs
  • Public opinion
    • Measurement and assessment
    • Opinion polling
  • Media studies
    • Mass media effects
    • New media
    • Social networks
    • Digital diplomacy
  • Research methods
    • Social network analysis
    • Semantic network analysis
    • Content analysis and CAQDAS
    • Text-mining
    • Data visualization

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RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

 2016-Present  Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland

  • Currently working on a research project that investigates 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.

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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)

 American University            

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

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SERVICE EXPERIENCE

2016-present  ISA, International Communication Division, Vice-Program Chair

2016-present  ISA, International Communication Division, Executive Committee Member

2016-present  Reviewer for The Howard Journal of Communications (ad-hoc)

2016-present  Reviewer for Journal of Marketing Management (ad-hoc)

2015-present  Kadir Has University, University Committee on Accessibility

2015-present  Academic Advising for sophomore students

2014-present  Reviewer for Cities (ad-hoc)

2012-present  Reviewer for Place Branding and Public Diplomacy (ad-hoc)

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 PUBLICATIONS 

Refereed journal articles

Sevin, E. & Uzunoğlu, S. (2017). Do Foreigners Count? Internationalization of Presidential Campaigns.  American Behavioral Scientist, March, Online First.

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.

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Books

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.

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Book Chapters and Other Publications 

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.

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CONFERENCE ACTIVITY 

Invited Talks

 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).

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Panel Organizations

2015    New Challenges and International Communication: Examining Public Diplomacy Practice. NCA 101st Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV (November 19-22).

2015    Understanding Communication through Public Diplomacy. NCA 101st Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV (November 19-22).

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Paper Presentations

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).

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AWARDS, GRANTS, AND HONORS

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

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Last updated, March 2017

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