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Biography of Nilgün Önder, Associate Vice-President (Academic)

Dr. Nilgün Önder assumed the role of Associate Vice-President (Academic) on 1 July 2018 for a five-year term.Dr. Önder was born and grew up in Turkey. After receiving a BSc with the highest distinction in political science and public administration from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, she moved to Canada to pursue graduate studies. She completed her MA degree with distinction in political science at Wilfrid Laurier University.  She holds a PhD in political science from York University.

Dr. Önder has been with the University of Regina since 2003. She is Associate Professor of Politics and International Studies. She served as Acting Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), Faculty of Arts, from July 2015-June 2018. She is the founding co-ordinator of the International Studies Program at the Faculty of Arts.

Her areas of research and teaching include international relations, international political economy, global governance, Turkish political economy, and Turkish foreign policy. In addition to publishing peer-reviewed journal articles and presenting numerous papers at refereed international and Canadian conferences, she is the author of The Economic Transformation of Turkey: Neoliberalism and State Intervention (2015). Her current research focuses on global economic governance, foreign policy theory, and Turkish foreign policy.

She has served several international scholarly associations in various capacities. She was Vice-President of International Studies Association – Canada for 2017-2018 and President of the same association for 2018-2019. She is a member of the Editorial Board, International Comparative Social Studies (ICSS) Book Series, Brill, Netherlands.

Dr. Önder’s contribution to the University includes service on numerous Faculty and University-level committees since her joining the University. She was an elected member of the Council Committee on Academic Mission (CCAM) and of Executive of Council for several terms. She also had a seat on the Council Committee on Research as an ex-officio member in her capacity as Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) of the Faculty of Arts. Dr. Önder chaired the President’s Writing Skills Task Force (2016-2018), which was responsible for developing recommendations to improve student writing skills and close gaps in writing supports at the University.