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Doctoral StudentComparative Politics
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I am interested in how states choose to regulate religion, and what implications for political beliefs, behavior, and nationalism this regulation has on believers and religious leaders. My work focuses on how authoritarian and semi-authoritarian regimes use simultaneous strategies of religious repression and religious subsidy, ostensibly to curtail the political potential of religion, and how these institutions impact the politicization of religious identity.
I am also interested in the relationship between religion and violence, and how aspects of religion allow it to serve as a locus for violent mobilization that can increase violence in civil conflict. My work focuses on Central Asia and the post-Soviet space.
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