Graduate Students Conducting Research on Topics and Issues Related to the Middle East


UGUR ALTUNDAL, POLITICAL SCIENCE

Altundal’s interests include contemporary political philosophy, democracy, citizenship, immigration and open borders.


AYKUT OZTURK, POLITICAL SCIENCE

Ozturk’s research interests encompass democratization, populism political psychology, and Islamist movements.


PEDRAM MAGHSOUD-NIA, POLITICAL SCIENCE

Maghsoud-Nia’s research interests include state and society relations, political economy of development, Middle East politics, and social theory.


DARCI PAUSER, POLITICAL SCIENCE 

Pauser’s research interests include  transboundary water issues, natural resource policy and management, international environmental  agreements, science and technology politics and policy, environmental security, Turkey, Israel, and the Middle East.


ELIZABETH DAVIS, POLITICAL SCIENCE

Davis’s current research interests include diaspora and democracy in the Middle East and North  Africa, comparative migration policy, and gender and migration.


RAZA RAJA, POLITICAL SCIENCE

Raja’s research interests include political economy of development finance, public policy, and politics in Middle East and South Asia.


ESRA EKINCI, POLITICAL SCIENCE

Ekinci’s interests include political institutions,democratization, electoral systems and political parties.


KATHARINE RUSSELL, POLITICAL SCIENCE

Russell’s research interests include politics of the Middle East, with an emphasis on women’s issues.


ABOLGHASEM BAYYENAT,POLITICAL SCIENCE

Bayyenat’s research interests include state identity discourses and foreign policy; international relations of the Middle East; foreign policy of  Iran; political economy of the international trade system and development; and politics of national and subnational identities.


IVY RAINES, POLITICAL SCIENCE

Raines’s research interests center on post-conflict  nation building with a focus on identity politics and political institutions. With her primary regional focus on the Arab World,her other areas of interest include Post-Soviet politics, China/Hong  Kong/Taiwan Relations, and Cyprus.


SEFA SECEN, POLITICAL SCIENCE

Secen’s research interests include refugees, human rights, ethnicity and nationalism, Middle Eastern and European Politics.


PRAKHAR SHARMA, POLITICAL SCIENCE

Sharma’s dissertation focuses on explaining the heterogeneity of preferences among civilians regarding service provision in a civil war context, with Afghanistan serving as a principal case.


MOHAMMAD EBAD ATHAR, HISTORY

Athar’s research interests include U.S. and the World; U.S. and the Middle East; Empire.


REBECCA MOODY, RELIGION

Moody’s primary research interests reside at the intersection of religion, cultural studies, feminist theory, film theory, affect theory and ethnography.


MEHDI NEJATBAKHSH, SOCIOLOGY

Nejatbakhsh’s research interests include globalization, cosmopolitanism, national and cultural identity, political sociology, immigration and diaspora, the  Middle East and Iran. 


DUYGU YENI CENEBASI, RELIGION

Cenebasi’s research focuses on religion and feminism; gender and sacred texts; Jewish, Christian and Muslim women’s theologies; and women’s and minority literature in the MENA region.


NASTASSIA VAITSIAKHOVICH, SOCIOLOGY

Vaitsiakhovich’s research interests include gender and disability studies, social theory, social policy, migration, qualitative research, and Middle East studies.


SULE AKSOY,COLLEGE SCIENCE TEACHING

Aksoy’s research  interests include socio-scientific issues-based science education, teacher education, science teachers’ beliefs, nature of science, STEM  education, and learning science in informal environments.


AHMET CELIK, RELIGION

Celik’s research focuses on the relationship between law and  politics in Islamic history, particularly the 16th-century Ottoman Empire.


SHAUNDEL SANCHEZ, ANTHROPOLOGY

Sanchez’s dissertation examines the question of belonging for U.S.-citizen Muslim residents in the United Arab Emirates. This research analyzes the community as its members travel between their  country  of  citizenship and a Muslim majority country where many have resided for over 20 years.


M.OWAIS KHAN, RELIGION

Khan’s research interests include early modern Islamic political theology and practice in the Indian Ocean.


LAUREN MCCORMICK, RELIGION

McCormick’s research focuses on Biblical studies, ancient Near Eastern studies, material culture (specifically, discerning creativity within repetitious art forms).


NATALIE EL-EID, ENGLISH

El-Eid’s research interests include Arab-American and ethnic literature, particularly in  respect  to  war,  trauma,  gender,  sexuality  and diaspora. While engaging various types of  media,  she  intends  to  analyze  Western  perspectives of Arabic culture, dominantly through representations of Arab males and   females  post-9/11, as well as the construction of the diasporic identity in the U.S.