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Michigan State University
religion and politics, Islam, authoritarianism, democratization, civil society
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About Me

Ani Sarkissian is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University (MSU) where she specializes in the study of religion and politics, democratization, authoritarianism, and civil society. She is the author of The Varieties of Religious Repression: Why Governments Restrict Religion (Oxford University Press, 2015), and her work has appeared in academic journals including Democratization, Politics and Religion, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), and the John Templeton Foundation. Sarkissian is also an Associate Scholar of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University. At MSU, she is a core faculty member of the Muslim Studies Program. Sarkissian earned her Ph.D. in 2006 in political science from UCLA and joined MSU in 2007.

Recent Publications

The Varieties of Religious Repression: Why Governments Restrict Religion (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Ani Sarkissian and Ş. İlgü Özler. 2013. “The Politicization of Religious Civil Society in Turkey.” Democratization 20(6): 1014-1035.

Ani Sarkissian. 2012. “Religion and Civic Engagement in Muslim Countries.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51(4): 607-622.

Ani Sarkissian. 2012. “Religious Regulation and the Muslim Democracy Gap.” Politics and Religion 5(3): 501-527.

Ş. İlgü Özler and Ani Sarkissian. 2011. “Stalemate and Stagnation in Turkish Democratization: The Role of Civil Society and Political Parties.” Journal of Civil Society 7(4): 363-384.

Ani Sarkissian, Jonathan Fox, and Yasemin Akbaba. 2011. “Culture vs. Rational Choice: Assessing the Causes of Religious Discrimination in Muslim States.” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 17(4): 423-446.

Ani Sarkissian. 2009. “Religious Reestablishment in Post-Communist Polities.” Journal of Church and State 51(3): 472-501.

Ani Sarkissian. 2008. “Religion in Post-Soviet Armenia: Pluralism and Identity Formation in Transition.” Religion, State & Society 36(2): 163-180.

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