Ekrem T. Baser

Ph.D. Candidate

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My dissertation contributes to our understanding of how states overcome trust and commitment problems, focusing on reputation dynamics. My theoretical work relies on dynamic reputation models to examine the relationship between states’ reputations and their incentives to maintain them. I test empirical implications of these theories in both IPE and conflict settings, such as foreign direct investment and deterrence. In addition to my dissertation work, I am also interested in civil wars and nonviolent movements.


  • International Relations
  • Political Economy
  • Game Theory
  • Political Methodology


  • PhD in Political Science, (in progress)

    University of Illinois

  • MA in Political Science, 2014

    Kent State University

  • MA in Russian Studies, 2011

    Georgetown University

  • BSc in International Relations, 2009

    Middle East Technical University



Working Papers

Work in Progress

  • Skeletons in the Closet: Reputation Building in Partially Observable Dimensions
  • Reputations and Deterrence
  • Bargaining under the Shadow of a Rising Threat
  • Broader-Deeper Trade-off and Free Riding in International Cooperation


You can download my c.v. here


  • baser2@illinois.edu
  • 433 David Kinley Hall
    Department of Political Science
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
    Urbana, IL, 61820