Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
  • Concentration:

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

    • Political Science
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. University of Utah 2006



Current projects involve Islamist movements, social policy and gender in North Africa and the Middle East (MENA) and the politics of food.



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

Articles & Book Chapters


  • 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)






  • 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