Dr Ahmet T Kuru is Porteous Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University. Kuru received his PhD from the University of Washington and held a post-doc position at Columbia University. He is the author of award-winning "Secularism and State Policies toward Religion: The United States, France, and Turkey" (Cambridge UP, 2009). His 2019 book, "Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison" (Cambridge UP) received the American Political Science Association's International History and Politics Section Award. His works have been translated into Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Malay, Persian and Turkish.