Sümer holds a Ph.D. in International Studies and two Masters degrees in Political Science and Economics. Sümer’s areas of expertise include economics, international political economy, international relations theory, foreign policy analysis, globalization and financial crises. He has presented numerous papers at professional conferences including the International Studies Association (ISA), ISA-South, and Southern Political Science Association. He won the 2002 Grand Prize of the ISA-South Paper Competition and the merit-based Governor John West Fellowship during his doctoral studies. Sümer has also published several academic articles and written op-eds for newspapers. In December 2011 he published a book, The Neglected Impact Of Non-Economic Factors On The Development Of Financial Crises And Governmental Responses: The Mexican And Malaysian Cases Of The 1990s.
Areas of Research
His most recent research has focused on Turkey’s foreign relations with the EU and the Middle East. He is also interested in Greece’s current financial crisis. Before joining AUIS, Sümer taught multiple economics, political economy, international relations, international business, and political science courses in South Carolina and Virginia.
Reports and Papers
"The Impact of Political and Institutional Contexts on the Development of Greece’s Financial Crisis" Technical Report.The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani 2014 (Unpublished)
"Political and Institutional Roots of the Greek Debt Crisis" Middle East Review of Public Administration (MERPA) V(1)1 (2015)