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Faculty and Staff Profile

Zeynep Taydas Onur

Associate Professor of Political Science

Office: 230F Brackett Hall

Phone: 864-656-3235

Fax: 864-656-0690

Educational Background

Ph.D Political Science
University of Missouri-Columbia 2006

M.A. Political Science
University of Missouri-Columbia 2002

B.A. International Relations
Middle East Technical University 2000

Courses Taught

Introduction to International Relations
European Integration
International Organizations
Turkey in World Politics
Interstate and Domestic Conflicts
American Foreign Policy


Zeynep Taydas an Associate Professor of Political Science at Clemson University. She is the coauthor of a book and a number of articles appeared in various political science journals, including Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, International Interactions, Social Science Quarterly, International Studies Review, Review of International Studies, Politics and Religion, Civil Wars, American Review of Canadian Studies and Ethnopolitics. She is the recipient of College of Business and Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award (2009), College of Business and Behavioral Sciences Excellence in Global Engagement Award (2018), National Scholars Program Faculty Award of Distinction (2009).

Research Interests

Dr. Taydas' research focuses on domestic conflicts, third party interventions, foreign policy, determinants of public opinion, social identity and political behavior.

Research Publications

Carment, David, Patrick James, and Zeynep Taydas. 2006. Who Intervenes? Ethnic Conflict and Interstate Crisis. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University

Taydas, Zeynep, and Laura R. Olson. 2022. “Divine Influence: Religious Foundations of U.S. Foreign Policy Attitudes.” Social Science Quarterly 103: 907-925 (

Taydas, Zeynep, Cigdem Kentmen. 2017.“Who Is Afraid of Enlargement? A Comparative Analysis” Political Research Quarterly 70, 3: 604-617.

Taydas, Zeynep and Özgür Özdamar. 2013. “A Divided Government, an Ideological Parliament and an Insecure Leader: Turkey’s Indecision to Join the Iraq War,” Social Science Quarterly 94, 1: 217–241.

Taydas, Zeynep, Cigdem Kentmen and Laura R. Olson. 2012. “Faith Matters: Religious Affiliation and Public Opinion About Barack Obama's Foreign Policy in the “Greater” Middle East, Social Science Quarterly 93, 4: 1218–1242.

Taydas, Zeynep, Yasemin Akbaba and KC Morrison. 2012. “Did Secularism Fail? The Rise of Religion in Turkish Politics,” Politics and Religion 5, 3: 528-554.

Taydas, Zeynep and Dursun Peksen. 2012. “Can States Buy Peace? Social Welfare Spending and Civil War Onset,” Journal of Peace Research 49, 2: 273-287 (Received the Nils Peter Gleditsch Journal of Peace Research Article of the Year Award for 2012).

Overby, Marvin L., Christopher Raymond and Zeynep Taydas. 2011. “Free Votes, MPs and Constituents: The Case of Same-Sex Marriage in Canada,” American Review of Canadian Studies 41, 4: 465-478.

Taydas, Zeynep, Jason Enia and Patrick James. 2011. “Why Do Civil Wars Occur? Another Look at the Theoretical Dichotomy of Opportunity versus Grievance” Review of International Studies 37, 5: 2627–2650.

Akbaba, Yasemin and Zeynep Taydas. 2011. “Does Religious Discrimination Promote Dissent? A Quantitative Analysis,” Ethnopolitics, 10, 3-4: 271- 296.

Taydas, Zeynep, Dursun Peksen and Patrick James. 2010. “Why Do Civil Wars Occur? Understanding the Importance of Institutional Quality,” Civil Wars 12 (3): 195 – 217.

Carment, David, Patrick James, Zeynep Taydas. 2009. “The Internationalization of Ethnic Conflict: State, Society and Synthesis,” International Studies Review 11, 1: 63-86.

Akbaba, Yasemin, Patrick James and Zeynep Taydas. 2006. “One Sided Crises in World Politics: A Study of Oxymoron, Violence and Outcomes,” International Interactions 32, 3: 229-260.

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