M. Hakan Yavuz, currently a Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah, works secularism, ethnic conflict, transnational Islamic networks, civil society and the public sphere.
Yavuz received his earlier education in Ankara, Turkey, graduated with B.A. from Siyasal Bilgiler Fakultesi, Ankara. He received his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and spent a semester at the Hebrew University, Israel (1990) and received his Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998 in political science.
Professor Yavuz’s publications include M. Hakan Yavuz, Erdogan: The Making of an Autocrat (Edinburg University Press, 2020/ accepted and will be published in May 2021); M. Hakan Yavuz, Nostalgia for the Empire: The Politics of neo-Ottomanism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020); M. Hakan Yavuz, Islamic Political Identity in Turkey (Oxford University Press, 2003); M. Hakan Yavuz, Secularism and Muslim Democracy in Turkey (Cambridge University Press, 2009); M. Hakan Yavuz, Toward and Islamic Enlightenment: The Gülen Movement (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013);
with Bayram Balci, Turkey’s July 15th Coup: What happened and why? (University of Utah Press, 2017);; with Peter Sluglett, eds. Diplomacy and War: 1877-78 Russo-Ottoman Wars and the Treaty of Berlin (University of Utah Press, 2011); with Isa Blumi, eds., War and Diplomacy: The Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 and the Treaty of Berlin (Salt Lake City: University of Utah, 2013). with Feroz Ahmad, eds, War and Collapse: World War I and the Ottoman State(Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2015).
Yavuz also carried out an extensive fieldwork in Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan to examine the relationship between Islam and nationalism and the preservation and dissemination of Islamic knowledge under socialism. He is an author of more than 40 articles on Islam, nationalism, Kurdish question, neo-Ottomanism, and modern Turkish politics. He published in Comparative Politics, Critique, SAIS Review, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Central Asian Survey, Journal of Islamic Studies, and Journal of Palestine Studies. Some of his articles are translated into Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, and Japanese from English.