Dr. Yüksel Sezgin is the director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program and an associate professor of political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. He is the author of the award-winning book Human Rights under State-Enforced Religious Family Laws in Israel, Egypt and India. He is currently working on a new book, Making "Sharia" and Democracy Work: The Regulation and Application of Muslim Family Laws in Non-Muslim Democracies. He previously served as a consultant to major international development agencies including the UNDP, UN Women, WHO, and USAID. His commentaries and opinion pieces have appeared in a wide range of print and online publications including the Washington Post and Al Jazeera English.
Dr. Sezgin earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Ankara, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of London (SOAS), and the University of Washington. Prior to Syracuse University, he taught at the University of Washington, Harvard Divinity School, and the City University of New York. He has held visiting appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, Columbia University, Bielefeld University, the American University in Cairo, and the University of Delhi.