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Güneş Murat Tezcür

Director of the School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University

Güneş Murat Tezcür (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2005) is the Director of the School of Politics and Global Studies at the Arizona State University. He is a scholar of comparative politics who explores political violence and politics of identity with a focus on Iranian, Kurdish, and Turkish human geography. His scholarship has appeared in many leading scholarly journals. His most recent book is Liminal Minorities: Religion and Mass Violence in Muslim Societies (Cornell University Press, 2024). He is also the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Turkish Politics (Oxford University Press, 2022) and Kurds and Yezidis in the Middle East: Shifting Identities, Borders, and the Experience of Minority Communities (I.B. Tauris, 2021). Prior to joining ASU in 2023, he was the Jalal Talabani Endowed Chair and Director at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida.


  • 2018–present
    Jalal Talabani Chair and Professor , University of Central Florida