Murat Akan is Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics and Political Theory in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (2005) from Columbia University, New York. He was a non-residential post-doctoral research fellow with the University of Amsterdam (2009-2012), and a guest researcher in-residence at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen (2012-2013). He will be a visiting scholar in George Washington University in July and August 2017. He has a forthcoming book from Columbia University Press on secularism in France and Turkey.