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Professor of Political Science, San Diego State University

Ahmet T. Kuru is Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University. He received his PhD from the University of Washington and held a postdoc position at Columbia University.

His 2019 book, Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison (Cambridge University Press) received American Political Science Association's International History and Politics Section Award. This book was/is being translated into Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, Dutch, French, Indonesian, Kyrgyz, Malay, Persian, and Somali.

Kuru is also the author of award-winning "Secularism and State Policies toward Religion: The United States, France, and Turkey" (Cambridge, 2009) and the co-editor (with Alfred Stepan) of "Democracy, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey" (Columbia, 2012).

Kuru has given interviews to and written op-eds in various media outlets, including BBC World, Euronews, France 24, BBC India, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera Balkans, RFE/RL, Yahoo News, National Interest, Esprit, The New Arab, Daily Beast, openDemocracy, Al-Ahram, and Tehran Times on Islam and politics.

You can follow Kuru on Twitter: @prof_ahmetkuru


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


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