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 serves as the Director of the School. He is a social scientist studying political violence, politics of identity, and democratization with a focus on Iranian, Kurdish and Turkish human geography. His scholarship has appeared in many journals including American Political Science Review, Comparative Politics, Development and Change, Journal of Peace Research, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Law and Society Review, Nationalities Papers, Party Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Politics & Gender, Political Research Quarterly, and Third World Quarterly. He is also the author of Muslim Reformers in Iran and Turkey: The Paradox of Moderation (University of Texas Press, 2010) and the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Turkish Politics (Oxford University Press, 2022) and Kurds and Yezidis in the Middle East: Shifting Identities, Borders, and the Experience of Minority Communities (IB Tauris, 2021).His research has been supported by external grants from a variety of sources including the National Science Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.