Senem B. Çevik, Ph.D, is a lecturer in International Studies at University of California, Irvine and University of California, Los Angeles. She teaches courses in diplomacy, communication, and experiential learning at both campuses. Prior to joining UCI, she was an assistant professor at Ankara University, Turkey and lecturer at Atılım University, Turkey.
Since 2007 she has served as a fellow with the International Dialogue Initiative (IDI), a non-profit that studies societal conflict and psychologically informed dialogue. Çevik was a Leadership Institute fellow at the Center for Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) at Bennington College in 2015. During her 2015-2017 Tobis fellowship at UC Irvine’s Center for Ethics and Morality she completed her research project on Turkish-Armenian musical diplomacy. She was invited to join the Turkish-Israeli Civil Society Forum (TICSF) an initiative of the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung in 2015 and currently serves an active board member. She is a member of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Abraham Society, AJC’s people-to-people initiative that fosters mutual understanding and relationships. Dr. Çevik is also the faculty liaison of the Olive Tree Initiative (OTI) a campus based citizen diplomacy initiative at UCLA. At the Olive Tree Initiative she works with students traveling to Israel and the West Bank. She has attended several NATO training programs on media, terrorism and strategic communication. In 2010 she attended the Stanford University Summer Institute in Political Psychology (SIPP) and received training in public diplomacy from University of Southern California in 2013. Her research focuses on strategic communication, nation brands, conflict management, public diplomacy, political communication, humanitarian aid, peace-building and global media with an emphasis on Turkey and the Middle East. Dr. Çevik has a co-edited book (with Philip Seib) titled Turkey’s Public Diplomacy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and co-authored (with Burcu Gültekin Punsmann) Pathways to a Common Future: Youth Perspectives on Turkey-Israel (2016). She is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters and monographs in both English and Turkish.