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I am an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Political Science Department at Davidson CollegeI received my PhD in 2013 from the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to coming to Davidson, I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

I teach courses in international relations and comparative politics with a particular focus on European politics.

Broadly speaking, my research and teaching interests lie in the fields of public opinion, political behavior, European integration, international organizations, and post-communist politics. 

More recently I have become fascinated by the psychology of conspiracy theories and have studied the effect of conspiratorial thinking on political tolerance. My current research investigates strategies for effectively countering misinformation on social media platforms. I am co-author of Measuring International Authority: A Postfunctionalist Theory of Governance, a book on international organizations published by Oxford University Press. My other work has been published in Comparative Political StudiesComparative Politics, European Union PoliticsJournal of European Public Policy, European Journal of Political Research, Review of International Organizations, Foreign Affairs, Journal of Democracy, and Communications Psychology.

I earned my BA from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where I double-majored in Political Science and Economics and minored in German. In my free time, I enjoy woodworking, and riding motorcycles. I also love playing racquetball, foosball, and soccer.


Besir Ceka
Associate Professor and Chair
Political Science Department
Davidson College
209 Ridge Rd
PO Box 5000
Davidson, NC 28035