Buket Oztas

Buket Oztas

Assistant Professor, Politics and International Affairs; Co-chair, Middle East and Islamic Studies

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Buket Oztas is an assistant professor of Politics and International Affairs and the co-chair of the Middle East and Islamic Studies minor. Originally from Izmir (Turkey), she holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida (2016) and a B.A. (summa cum laude) and B.S. (summa cum laude) in global and international affairs from Binghamton University and Bilkent University (2010). She specializes in comparative politics, with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining the Furman faculty, Dr. Oztas served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Government at Franklin & Marshall College and offered courses on Islam and Politics and Politics of the Middle East.


  • ​​Ph.D., University of Florida​​
  • B.S., Binghamton University
  • ​​B.A., Bilkent University (Turkey)

Research Interests

Dr. Oztas' research focuses on the changing institutional dynamics (e.g., political parties, democratization, democratic backsliding and populism) in predominantly Muslim countries, with particular interest in post-Islamism and transnational identities (e.g., foreign fighters, diaspora politics, and transnational political Islam). It also includes an ongoing research initiative on the agenda-setting powers of the European Commission. Her scholarship has been published in Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Common Market Studies, and International Journal of Communication.

Representative Publications

  • Oztas, B., & Lukacovic, M. N. (2022). Insurgent-Generated Content and Framing ‘The New Internationalist Commune’ of Rojava in Northern Syria. International Journal of Communication, 16, 1083–1108.;
  • Oztas, B., & Kreppel, A. (2021). Power or Luck? The Limitations of the European Commission's Agenda Setting Power and Autonomous Policy Influence. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 60(2), 408-426.;
  • Oztas, B. (2020). Islamic Populism: Promises and Limitations. The Journal of Interdisciplinary Middle Eastern Studies, 6(1), 103-129.;
  • Kreppel, A., & Oztas, B. (2017). Leading the band or just playing the tune? Reassessing the agenda-setting powers of the European Commission. Comparative Political Studies, 50(8), 1118-1150.

Additional Professional Activity

She began her term as executive director of the Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society in April 2022.