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Sultan Tepe, PhD

Associate Professor

Political Science


Building & Room:

1114-A BSB


1007 W. Harrison Street

Office Phone:

(312) 355-0128


Fields of Interest:

Comparative Politics, Democratization, Religion and Politics, Political Parties, Radical Political Groups, Research Methods, Survey and Questionnaire Design to Study Religion and Political Participation, Judicial Reforms, Middle Eastern Politics.


Selected Grants

Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, Faculty Fellow Award-2017-2018,

American Political Science Association, Distinguished Reviewer Award, 2017,

American Political Science Association, Weber Best Paper Award, 2016,

Humanities Institute, Research Grant, 2015-2016,

Office of Social Science, Research Grant, 2014-2015,

University of Illinois at Chicago, Civic Engagement Research Award, 2014-2016,

University of Illinois at Chicago, Graduate Mentoring Excellence Award, 2013-2014,

University of Chicago, Great Cities Institute Fellowship, 2011-2012,

University of Illinois at Chicago, Graduate Mentoring Excellence Award, 2014,

Selected Publications

Beyond Sacred and Secular: Politics of Religion in Israel and Turkey

From Ambiguous Refugees to Potential Citizens: Turkey’s Domestic and International Challenges and its Syrians in The European Refugee Crisis, Routledge,  2018.

Between Authoritarianism and Liberalism, in The New Eastern Mediterranean: Theory, Politics and States in a Volatile Era , edited by Spyridon Litsas, Springer, 2018.

Contesting the Religious in a (Secular) Democracy: A Comparative Assessment of the Theoretical, Judicial and Political Approaches to the Public Role of Religion in the Jarring Road to Inclusive Democracy: A comparative assessment of state-society engagements in Israel and Turkey, edited by Aviad Rubin and Yusuf Sarfati. Lexington, 2017.

Contesting Political Theologies of Islam and Democracy in Turkey, The Journal of Religious and Political Practice. Vol2.2

July 2016.Urban Renewal Projects and Democratic Capacities of Citizens, Mediterranean Quarterly. 27(1), Winter 2016.Micro-Mechanism of Religious Party

Change, Global and Interdisciplinary Studies of the Middle East, Felicia Krishna-Hensel (ed.), Routledge, 2016

Collected Nationally Representative Survey Data, Ethnographic, Survey and Field-Experiment   Projects

  • Transnational Citizens-2017-present
  • Religious Prejudice, Intolerance and Political Participation, 2016-present
  • Micro-foundations of Competitive Authoritarianism, 2014-2018

Ethnographic, Survey and Field-Experiment   Projects

  • Transnational Citizens and urban environment-2017-present
  • Comparative Populism Project 2016-present
  • Religious Prejudice, Intolerance and Political Participation, 2016-present
  • Micro-foundations of Competitive Authoritarianism, 2014-present



PhD University of Texas at Austin, 2002

Professional Memberships

American Political Science Association

European Consortium for Political Research

Middle East Studies Association

Midwest Political Science Association

International Studies Association

Comparative Religious Party Support I, 2003

Comparative Religious Party Support II, 2005

Research Currently in Progress

Comparative analyses of religious parties, (im)moderation of religious parties and groups, Political Manifestations and Civic Engagements of Religious Identities in Global Cities.