- Associate Professor
- Ph.D. University of Utah 2006
- Comparative Politics Middle East Politics
- Political Science
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Current projects involve Islamist movements and gender in North Africa and the Middle East (MENA) and politics of food.
- Gamze Çavdar, Yavuz Yaşar and Jonathan J. Fisk. “Students’ Biases about the Middle East? Lessons from an Experiment” Journal of Political Science Education, Forthcoming.
- 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 Çavdar. 2012. Islamist Rationality: An Assessment of the Rational Choice Approach Politics and Religion 5(3):584-608.
- Gamze Cavdar. 2012 Heterogeneous Transformation of Islamism: The Justice and Development Party and the Environment The Arab World Geographer 15(1): 1-19.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
POLS 449-Middle East PoliticsSyllabus
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 PoliticsSyllabus
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 PoliticsSyllabus
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. Five countries, namely Britain, Russia, Nigeria, Mexico and Egypt are examined as case studies.