Kerem Ozan Kalkan
- Assistant Professor of Government
- Department: Government and Economics
- Office: Beckham 333
- Mailing Address: Beckham 100
- Email: Kerem.Kalkan@eku.edu
- Phone: 859-622-4385
Dr. Kerem Ozan Kalkan had been around the world and done many things before coming to EKU. This year, he joins the Department of Government as one of our faculty members who conducts research in comparative politics, religion and politics, political psychology, and quantitative research methods. This week, we sat down with Dr. Kalkan to learn more about him.
Dr. Kalkan came to EKU from Old Dominion University, but he had worked around the world before that. While receiving his PhD from the University of Maryland, he also received a pre/post-doctoral fellowship in quantitative methods at Oxford University, in England. Following his year in England, he spent two years working in Turkey, at Middle East Technical University, and then returned to Stony Brook University in New York and then to Old Dominion.
At EKU, Dr. Kalkan currently teaches comparative politics, international relations, political psychology, and is planning to teach several sub-fields of those classes. For example, he is interested in teaching comparative religion and politics, which looks at how religions and religiosity shape political behavior and public opinion around the world in places such as Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. He wants his classes to be more than just a check-box students hit on the way earning a degree. Rather, he wants students to develop a sense of curiosity about the world, and to learn how these classes can build a foundation for later learning and later careers. Sometimes, that foundation is the content–what influence might increased Turkish and other Muslim immigration into the European Union have on a global business concern–but it also includes learning to think in different ways about unfamiliar issues, cultures, and places. Dr. Kalkan also emphasizes the need for instructors to be available to work with students. Learning to think in a different cultural language is a hard skill that often requires time out of class.
These same interests also influence his research at EKU. Dr. Kalkan researches comparative religion and politics, and political psychology, with a particular interest in how different cultures shape public opinion. He is currently looking at what explains Muslims’ integration, or lack thereof, into Europe and the United States by analyzing European attitudes towards Muslim immigrants and attitudes of Muslim immigrants towards mainstream societies in the US, England, Germany, and other countries as the data become available. The political attitudes he studies can come in many variations, so he also explores methods for finding underlying traits among the peoples he studies, which range from formal modeling of opinion to psychometric techniques such as multidimensional scaling, cluster analysis, and latent classification.
He advises students to make the most of their time at EKU. They will never again have as much free time and as many opportunities to learn and experience new things as right now. Take the time to learn new skills, whether they are useful to future careers, or simply for personal betterment. Now is a good time to learn that new language or take a statistics class. Now is the time to go to seminars and talks. If students take their college experience seriously now, they can get a lifetime’s worth of benefit from it.