Prof. Kuru teaches Religion, Democracy and Development at
UIII. He is the Bruce E. Porteous Professor of Political Science at
San Diego State University in the U.S. Prof. Kuru is the author
of Islam, Authoritarianism and Underdevelopment: a Global
and Historical Comparison (Cambridge, 2019), and Secularism
and State Policies toward Religion: The United States, France,
and Turkey (Cambridge University Press, 2009). The latter
book received an award from the Society for the Scientific
Study of Religion. He is the co-editor (with Alfred Stepan) of
Democracy, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey (Columbia, 2012).
Prof. Kuru’s articles appeared in World Politics, Comparative
Politics, and Political Science Quarterly. His recent book, Islam,
Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment became the co-
winner of the APSA’s International History and Politics Section
Book Award. His works have been translated into Arabic,
Bosnian, Chinese, French, Indonesian, and Turkish.