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Efe Sevin

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Efe Sevin is a 2014 graduate of the School of International Service at American University. His research interests include strategic communication, non-traditional diplomacy, global governance, and research methodologies. His interest in global governance and non-traditional diplomacy has broadened his research agenda to include climate change diplomacy, science diplomacy, and global health policies. He was recently employed as a Visiting Researcher at Stockholm University, School of Business where he studied the Swedish climate change and foreign aid policies as part of the country’s branding attempts.

Mr. Sevin received his B.Sc. from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. He completed his graduate level studies at Emerson College, Boston, and received his M.A. a Foreign Fulbright scholar.

Awards & Fellowships

  • International Studies Association, Travel Grant (2014)
  • International Studies Association Northeast, Travel Grant (2013)
  • Milton Wolf Seminar, Emerging Scholar Fellow (2013)
  • AU Vice-Provost Doctoral Research Grant (2013)
  • Stockholm University, Visiting Doctoral Researcher Grant (2013)
  • AU Graduate Research Grant (2011)
  • Greenberg Professional Development Grant (2011)
  • AU SIS Travel Grant (2011, 2012,2013)
  • AU SIS Dean’s Fellowship Award (2010-2014)
  • IABD Global Communication Award (2010)
  • Emerson College Graduate Assistantship (2008-2010)
  • Emerson College Professional Development Grant (2009, 2010)
  • Fulbright Scholar (2008-2010)
  • Erasmus Exchange Program Grant (2005-2006)
  • Middle East Technical University High Honor Roll (8 semesters, 2004-2008)

Research Interests

Diplomacy, non-traditional diplomacy, public diplomacy, place/nation branding, propaganda, public opinion, strategic communication, communication networks, networked culture


email: esevin@american.edu

Curriculum Vitae

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Publications

Peer-reviewed:
  • Sevin, E. (2014). Understanding cities through city brands: City branding as a social and semantic network. Cities, 38, 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.  

Conference Proceedings:

  •  Sevin, E. (2012). Define - Visualize - Measure: Using Network Analysis in Place Branding. In Special Edition of the International Place Branding Conference. the Special Edition of the International Place Branding Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands, pp. 75–92.
  • 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.
Other
  • 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). Controlling the Message: A Strategic Approach to Nation Branding. LAP Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.

Selected Presentations

  • Sevin, E. (March, 2014). Turkish Public Diplomacy in a Time of Flux. Paper presented at ISA 2014 Conference, Toronto, Canada.
  • Sevin, E. & Hayden, C. (March, 2014). When Branding Meets Foreign Affairs: Branded Spaces and Places in IR. Paper presented at ISA 2014 Conference, Toronto, Canada.
  • Sevin, E. & Bjorner, E. (October, 2013). A New China: Portrayal of Chinese Mega-cities in the International Arena. Paper presented at 2nd City Branding Symposium, Beijing, China.
  • Sevin, E. (2013). Using Twitter as a Communication Tool in Destination Marketing and Place Branding. Paper presented at the 3rd International Place Branding Conference, Manchester, UK.
  • Sevin, E. (2013). Competition in International Relations: Political Impacts of Place Branding. Paper presented at the 3rd International Place Branding Conference, Manchester, UK.
  • Sevin, E. & Salcigil-White G. (March, 2012). A New Fad or 21st Century Statecraft? Role of Social Media Networks in Place and Nation Branding. Poster presented at TASSA 2012 Annual Conference, College Park, MD.
  • Sevin, E. (January, 2012). Define - Visualize - Measure: Using Network Analysis in Place Branding. Paper presented at the Special Edition of the International Place Branding Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • Sevin, E. (November, 2011). Who Hears Government's Voice? A Study of Government Public Diplomacy Spending on Public Perception. Presented at NCA's 97th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Sevin, E. (November, 2011). Public Diplomacy and International Broadcasting in the 2.0 Age. Panel Participant at NCA's 97th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Sevin, E. (November, 2011). Measurement and Evaluation in Public Diplomacy: A Political Communication Approach. Panel Participant at NCA's 97th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Cogburn, D. & Sevin, E. (February, 2011). Conceptualizing and Implementing a Virtual Graduate Institute on Disability and Public Policy for the ASEAN Region. Paper presented at APSA 2011 Teaching and Learning Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Sevin, E. & Salcigil-White, G. (January, 2011). Turkayfe.org: Share Your Türksperience. Paper presented at 2nd Place Branding Conference, Bogota, Colombia.
  • Payne, G., Sevin, E. & Renedo, A. (January, 2011). Role of Consultants and Locals in Place Branding: The Case of RediscoveRosarito (Rosarito, Mexico). Paper presented at 2nd Place Branding Conference, Bogota, Colombia.
  • Sevin, E. (May, 2010). Altering the discourse of conflict in Cyprus: Recognition and resolution through public diplomacy. Paper presented at 9th METU Conference on International Relations, Guzelyurt, TRNC.
  • Sevin, E. (April, 2010). Two of the same?: Crisis communication attempts in AF447 and TK1951. Paper presented at IABD's 22nd Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Sevin, E. (April, 2010). From visitors to cultural ambassadors: Public diplomacy and scholar exchange programs. Paper presented at IABD's 22nd Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Brown, R. & Sevin, E. (April, 2010). A Strategic approach to place branding for Northern Baja. Paper presesnted at IABD's 22nd Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Sevin, E., Payne, G., Hayden, C. & Nelson, R. (November, 2009) "Controlling the Message: A Strategic Approach to Nation Branding Processes" Presented at NCA's 95th Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Sevin, E. (April, 2009) "More Than A Touristic Visit: Scholar Exchanges As A Communication Method In Public Diplomacy" Presented at IABD's 21st Annual Conference, St.Louis, MI.
  • Sevin, E. (April, 2009). "NCA Press: The Instant Coverage of a Conference" Presented at IABD's 21st Annual Conference, St.Louis, MI.