Güneş Murat Tezcür (PhD, University of Michigan, 2005) is the Jalal Talabani Chair and Professor at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida at UCF. He also directs the UCF’s Kurdish Political Studies Program. He is a social scientist studying political violence, religious politics, democratization, and human security with a focus on Iranian, Kurdish, and Turkish human geography. His articles has been published in American Political Science Review, Comparative Politics, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Journal of Peace Research, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Perspectives on Politics, Politics and Gender, Politics of Religion in addition to many other journals. He is also the author of Muslim Reformers in Iran and Turkey (University of Texas Press, 2010) and the editor of several books and volumes including the Oxford Handbook of Turkish Politics (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He serves as an Associate Editor of Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion and served on the editorial board of International Journal of Middle East Studies. His main current research project examines the relationship between religion and violence with a historical focus on minorities in the Middle East including Yezidis and Alevis.