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I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Islamic Studies Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I am also the editor of Siyasa: A Forum on Islamic and Middle Eastern Politics. I teach courses on comparative politics and international relations of the Middle East. I received my Ph.D. (2008) from Arizona State University and M.A. (2001) and B.A. (1999) from Bilkent University, Turkey. I previously taught in James Madison College at Michigan State University. I am the author of Alien Citizens: State and Religious Minorities in Turkey and France (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and a co-author of Generating Generosity in Catholicism and Islam: Beliefs, Institutions and Public Goods Provision (Cambridge University Press, 2018). My most recent articles appeared in Comparative Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Politics and Religion, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and Turkish Studies.  I am the recipient of the 2012 Weber Paper Award and a co-recipient of the 2013 Sage Paper Award of the American Political Science Association. 

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