Associate Professor


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Associate Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Comparative Politics
    • Middle East Politics
    • Gender
    • Methodology
    • Political Economy
  • Department:

    • Political Science
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. University of Utah 2006



Research interests include Islamist movements, social policy and gender in North Africa and the Middle East (MENA) and the politics of food.

Current projects include a comparative book project on state capacity, COVID-19 and women in Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Turkey.



Gamze Çavdar & Yavuz Yaşar, Women in Turkey: Silent Consensus in the Age of Neoliberalism and Islamic Conservatism, Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics, 2019.

This book received The 2021 Suraj Mal and Shyama Devi Agarwal Book Prize of International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE)

Articles & Book Chapters

Gamze Çavdar, “Teaching Women in MENA Politics: Undermining Bias and Introducing a Framework Gender and Politics, 2023.

Gamze Çavdar. 2022. “The Study of Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa Beyond CulturalismDigest of Middle East Studies,

Gamze Çavdar. 2022. “Gendered Implications of Faith-Based Provision of Social Services: Examples from Egypt and Turkey", Digest of Middle East Studies,

Gamze Çavdar, "Why Women Support Conservative Parties: The Case of Turkey,Political Science Quarterly, Vol.37, No.1 (2022), 43-72

        --Listen to POMEPS Podcast on "Why Women Support Conservative Parties"

Gamze Çavdar, Theresa Pappich and Elizabeth Ryan. 2019. "“Microbiome, Breastfeeding and Public Health Policy: A Case for Fiber,” Nutrition and Metabolic Insights,

Gamze Çavdar, Yavuz Yaşar and Jonathan J. Fisk. 2019. “Students’ Biases about the Middle East? Lessons from an ExperimentJournal of Political Science Education.

Gamze Çavdar and Yavuz Yaşar. 2014. Political Unrest and Women in the Middle East: Moving Beyond Culturalism and Formalism Feminist Economics 20(3).

Marcela Velasco and Gamze Çavdar. 2013. Teaching Large Classes with Clickers PS: Political Science and Politics. October: 823-829.

Gamze Cavdar. 2012 Heterogeneous Transformation of Islamism: The Justice and Development Party and the Environment The Arab World Geographer 15(1): 1-19.

Gamze Çavdar. 2012. "Islamist Rationality: An Assessment of the Rational Choice Approach" Politics and Religion 5(3):584-608.

Gamze Cavdar and Sue Doe. 2012. Learning through Writing: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in Writing Assignments PS: Political Science and Politics 45(2): 298-306. (#1 Most-read article in PS in 2017-21)

Gamze Cavdar. 2010. Islamist Moderation and the Resilience of Gender: Turkey s Persistence Paradox Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions Vol.11 Nos. 3-4: 341-357.

Gamze Cavdar. 2008. Beyond Election Fraud: Manipulation Violence and Foreign Power Intervention in Election Fraud: Detecting and Preventing Electoral Manipulation edited by M. Alvarez T. Hall and S. Hyde. Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution Press pp. 50-67.

Gamze Cavdar. 2007. The Paradox of the Egyptian Political Reform Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. 30 (4):1-21.

Gamze Cavdar. 2006. Islamist New Thinking in Turkey: A Model for Political Learning? Political Science Quarterly. 121 (3): 477-497.


POMEPS (Project on Middle East Political Science) Travel, Research and Engagement Grant, 2022.

The 2021 Suraj Mal and Shyama Devi Agarwal Book Prize of International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE)

College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award, 2019.

USDA Grant, “Walk-Up: Women in Agricultural Leadership Know: An Undergraduate Program”, Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: Jennifer N. Martin), $384,458

Bimson Seminar by CLA for the project entitled Challenging Student Biases about the Middle East. PIs: Gamze Cavdar, Andrea Duffy and Mary Vogl (Summer 2018).

Catalyst for Innovation Partnership (CIP) Grant funded by Vice President for Research CSU as a Co-PI for the project entitled Rural Wealth Creation through Food Systems (January 2018-)

Winner of the Writing Across the Curriculum/gtPathways Research Competition Writing Research Fellow for TILT (The Institute for Learning and Teaching) (2012-2013).

Winner of American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Award for Learning Innovations Using Information Technology 2011. (with Marcela Velasco).

Winner of the Provost's Course Redesign Competition TILT (The Institute for Learning and Teaching) Fellow (2010-2011).

Graduate Research Fellowship University of Utah (2004-2005).

Barbara and Norman Tanner Center Graduate Fellowship for the Prevention of Violence (2003-2004).
STUDY ABROAD courses: Politics and Culture of Turkey (İstanbul) and Politics of Food in Spain & Morocco (Granada & Rabat).

*Gamze Çavdar is one of the co-editors of MENA POLITICS (2021-2024) along with Nermin Allam and Sean Yom.

MENA Politics-Spring 2022 
MENA Politics-Fall 2022
MENA Politics-Spring 2023
MENA Politics-Fall 2023


  • POLS 449-Middle East Politics

    This course examines political, economic and social issues of the Middle East. After examining the emergence of the modern state in the region, the course focuses on a variety of issues, including the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Islamism, democratization/political liberalization, economic development, gender, and the question of nuclear proliferation. General readings applicable to the whole region are accompanied by case-specific readings on Egypt, Jordan, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey and Iran.

  • POLS-540 Graduate Seminar on Comparative Politics

    This graduate seminar is an introduction to the subfield of comparative politics. It is designed to provide an overview of major conceptual, methodological, and theoretical tools used in the advanced study of comparing cases.

  • POLS 241-Introduction to Comparative Governments and Politics

    This course introduces key concepts, issues and trends in comparative politics by using five countries as case studies. The course is organized around the following themes covered in the assigned book: states, nation and society, political economy, authoritarianism and totalitarianism, democracy, advanced democracies, communism and postcommunism, less developed and newly industrializing countries, and political violence. Six countries, namely Britain, Russia, Nigeria, Mexico, China and Egypt are examined as case studies.

  • POLS-443 Comparative Social Movements

  • 621-Qualitative Methods