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Professor of Political Science, San Diego State University

Ahmet T. Kuru is Porteous 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, Bosnian, Chinese, French, Indonesian, and Turkish.

His recent book, Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison (Cambridge University Press) became the co-winner of the American Political Science Association's International History and Politics Section Book Award.

Kuru has given interviews to and written op-eds in various media outlets, including Euronews Turkish, BBC News India, Al Jazeera Balkans, Yahoo News, National Interest, Daily Beast, Salon, openDemocracy, Al-Ahram, Jadaliyya, Ahval, Boston’s NPR, 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