Professor of Political Science, San Diego State University

Ahmet T. Kuru is Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University, and FORIS scholar at Religious Freedom Institute. He received his PhD from the University of Washington and held a post doc position at Columbia University.

Kuru is the author of award-winning "Secularism and State Policies toward Religion: The United States, France, and Turkey" (Cambridge University Press) and the co-editor (with Alfred Stepan) of "Democracy, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey" (Columbia University Press). His works have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Indonesian, and Turkish.

His new book, "Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison" was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019.

Kuru has given interviews to and written op-eds in various media outlets, including Conversation, Yahoo News, CNN Online, National Interest, Daily Beast, Salon, openDemocracy, Al-Ahram, Jadaliyya, Ahval, Boston’s NPR, Brookings Blog, and RFI Cornerstone, on Islam and politics, particularly in Turkey.


  • 2006–present
    Professor of Political Science, San Diego State University


  • 2006 
    University of Washington, Seattle, PhD, Political Science