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Nukhet Sandal

Dr. Nukhet Sandal

Associate Professor and Chair

Political Science
259 Bentley Annex

Nukhet Sandal is Associate Professor of Political Science at Ohio University and Director of Global Studies in OHIO's Center for International Studies. 

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Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2010

Research Areas

  • International Security
  • Foreign Policy
  • Religion and Global Politics
  • Human Rights

Her research and teaching interests include human security, religion and global politics, conflict management and politics of divided societies.

Courses Taught

  • POLS 4420/5420 Middle Eastern Politics
  • POLS 4570/5570  Contemporary National Security
  • POLS 4590/5590 Terrorism
  • POLS 2500 International Relations
  • POLS 6000 Scope and Theory in Political Science
  • INST 4950 War and Peace Studies Seminar
  • CAS 1425 War, Peace and Security

Ohio University Affiliations

  • Center for International Studies

About Dr. Sandal

Nukhet Sandal earned her Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations from University of Southern California in 2010, and she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute of International Studies at Brown University from 2010-13. In addition to numerous book chapters, she has published articles in the European Journal of International Relations, International Politics, Review of International Studies, Alternatives, Political Studies, West European Politics, Human Rights Quarterly, and Canadian Journal of Political Science.

Dr. Sandal is the author of Religious Leaders and Conflict Transformation (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and Religion and International Relations Theory (with Jonathan Fox; Routledge, 2013). Her work has been featured on multiple national and international media outlets including BBC, Washington Post, and Huffington Post.

Dr. Sandal is the Program Co-Chair of the International Studies Association 2019 Annual Convention. She served as the Chair of the Religion and International Relations Section (2016-2018) and the Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration Section (2015-2017) of the International Studies Association.

Dr. Sandal is currently serving as the Chair of the University International Council. She is also the recipient of the 2017 University Professor Award, 2017 Honors Tutorial College Best Tutor Award and 2016 Jeanette G. Grasselli Brown Faculty Teaching Award.

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