Dustin Gamza

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Doctoral Student
Comparative Politics

  • Fields of Study
    • Comparative Politics
  • About

    Within the Comparative politics subfield, Dustin studies the points of intersection between religion and politics. He is interested in questions such as how and when religion influences political outcomes and institutional development, how religion is related to nationalism, and what role religious institutions can play in violent conflicts. Further, Dustin is not only interested in how religion influences politics, but also in how political institutions alter religious behavior and religious institutions. His work is centered on the post-Soviet space.

    Before starting his PhD, Dustin worked as a parliamentary campaign aide in the 2010 United Kingdom general election.

    Academic Awards
    • Elizabeth G. Verville Award for the Best Paper in the Subject of Political Science–Duke University, 2011
    • Durden Prize finalist for the best research procedure and usage of library materials–Duke University, 2011
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    Research Grants
    • Rackham Merit Fellowship–2011
    • Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies Fellowship–2011


  • Education
    • Duke University, B.A. In Political Science (summa cum laude, with distinction)
      London School of Economics, The General Course