I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Islamic Studies Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 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. My most recent articles appeared in Comparative Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Politics and Religion, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and Turkish Studies. My book manuscript, Alien Citizens: State and Religious Minorities in Turkey and France, is now under contract with Cambridge University Press. With Carolyn Warner, Christopher Hale and Adam Cohen, I am a co-author of Generating Generosity in Catholicism and Islam: Beliefs, Institutions and Public Goods Provision (Cambridge University Press, 2018)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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