A.Kadir Yildirim is a Fellow for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. His main research interests include politics and religion, political Islam, politics of the Middle East, and Turkish politics.
Yildirim’s book, “Muslim Democratic Parties in the Middle East: Economy and Politics of Islamist Moderation,” analyzes Islamist parties’ moderation trajectories and the impact of economic liberalization processes on moderation in Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey. His current book project addresses the effect of religious institutions on religious party evolution comparatively in the Middle East and Western Europe (tentatively titled, Breaking with God: Institutions and Religious Parties in Western Europe and the Middle East). He is the recipient of Smith Richardson Foundation’s prestigious Strategy & Policy Fellows grant in support of his book project. His recent research is supported by grants from Carnegie Corporation of New York and Henry R. Luce Foundation.
He published in journals such as Political Science Quarterly, Party Politics, Representation, Politics & Religion, Comparative European Politics, Democratization, Middle Eastern Studies, Sociology of Islam, and Soccer & Society. Yildirim’s opinion pieces have appeared in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Al Jazeera. Previously, Yildirim was a faculty member at Furman University and a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University’s Niehaus Center.
He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Ohio State University, where he also earned an M.A. degree. He received his B.A. from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.