Dr. Michael Wuthrich
  • Associate Professor
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Political Science

Contact Info

Blake 522
1541 Lilac Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045


Mike Wuthrich is Assistant Professor of Political Science and the Undergraduate Studies Director for Global & International Studies. He received his PhD in Political Science from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey in 2011. His interests are Middle East politics, particularly Turkish, Kurdish, and Iranian politics, parties and party systems, electoral behavior, religion and politics, women and politics in Turkey, and nationalism. His publications have appeared in Journal of Democracy (forthcoming), Political Research Quarterly, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Middle East Journal, and Turkish Studies among others. His book, National Elections in Turkey: People, Politics, and the Party System was published in July 2015 with Syracuse University Press.


Ph.D. in Political Science, Bilkent University, 2011, Ankara, Turkey


Electoral politics, contentious politics, and public opinion in the Middle East and North Africa in general with particular expertise in Turkey; Comparative Politics, particularly political parties, party systems, voting behavior, and also the points of interaction between religion, nationalism and politics.

Selected Publications

Wuthrich, M. (2020). Polarizing Populism versus 'Radical Love': Lessons from Turkey. Journal of Democracy - Issue 2 | Volume 31.
Wuthrich, M. (2018). WUTHRICH, MIKE. Kurdish Nationalist Organizations, Neighboring States, and "Ideological Distance”. Comparative Kurdish Politics in the Middle East: Actors, Ideas, and Interests. Palgrave Macmillan.

Selected Presentations

National Elections in Turkey: Here We Go Again? - Book Talk sponsored by the Institute of Turkish Studies, Georgetown University. Location: Georgetown University. (10-29-2015).