Nukhet Sandal – Section Chair

Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science at Ohio University

Nukhet Sandal earned her Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations from University of Southern California in 2010, and she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute of International Studies at Brown University from 2010-13. In addition to numerous book chapters, she has published articles in the European Journal of International Relations, International Politics, Review of International Studies, Alternatives, Political Studies, West European Politics, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Politics and Religion, Human Rights Quarterly, and Canadian Journal of Political Science.

Dr. Sandal is the Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies. She is also the author of Religious Leaders and Conflict Transformation (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and Religion and International Relations Theory (with Jonathan Fox; Routledge, 2013), infra. Her work has been featured on multiple national and international media outlets.

Dr. Sandal is currently the Chair of the Religion and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. In the past, she also served as the Chair of the Religion and International Relations Section (2016-2018) and the Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration Section (2015-2017) of the International Studies Association.

Research Areas
International Security
Foreign Policy
Religion and Global Politics
Human Rights

Research and teaching interests include human security, religion and global politics, conflict management and politics of divided societies.


Religious Leaders and Conflict Transformation (Cambridge University Press, 2017)


Religion in International Relations Theory: Interactions and Possibilities (Routledge Studies in Religion and Politics, 2013)