I am a Distinguished 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, Turkish Studies, and Religion, State & Society. I am the recipient of University of Nebraska’s system-wide 2021 Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award, University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Arts and Sciences 2021 Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award, University of Nebraska at Omaha 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award, and University of Nebraska at Omaha 2018 Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award.