Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Business Administration
Sümer holds a Ph.D. in International Studies and two master's 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.
Sumer, Fahrettin, and Jay Joseph. “Compatibility of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq’s Institutions and Economic Development within Iraq.” In Anwar Anaid & Emel Elif Tugdar (Eds.) Iraqi Kurdistan’s Statehood Aspirations: A Political Economy Approach, pp. 27-54. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. It is viewable at: https://www.palgrave.com/us/
Joseph, Jay, and Fahrettin Sumer. “Public Sector Reforms in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Tackling the Socially Constructed Barriers to Change.” In Anwar Anaid & Emel Elif Tugdar (Eds.) Iraqi Kurdistan’s Statehood Aspirations: A Political Economy Approach, pp. 125-153. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. It is viewable at: https://www.palgrave.com/us/
“The Paradox of the Iraqi Kurdish Referendum on Independence: Contradictions and Hopes for Economic Prosperity.”With Jay Joseph. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, February 2018.
The Political Economy of the EU’s Response to the Greek Debt Crisis. In Εlvis C. Foster, Nektarios Tzempelikos, Chris Sakellariou & Panagiotis Andrikopoulos (Eds.) Special Topics in Economics & Management (pp. 109-137). Athens, Greece: Athens Institute for Education & Research, 2017.
"Political and Institutional Roots of the Greek Debt Crisis" Middle East Review of Public Administration (MERPA) V(1)1 (2015)
“Turkey’s Changing Foreign Policy and the Arab Spring.” The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, Vol. 18, Issue 1 (Spring 2013).
“Turkey, a Special EU Neighbor Patiently Awaiting a “Promised Marriage.” Eurolimes (Journal of the Institute for Euroregional Studies, “Jean Monnet” European Centre of Excellence), Vol. 7 (Spring 2009), pp. 124-138.