Dr. Nil Satana is a Visiting Associate Professor at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM), Department of Government & Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the co-author of “Alternatives in Mobilization. Religion, Ethnicity and Political Conflict" published by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Satana received her B.A. from the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey and her M.A. & Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo. Her research interests include identity politics, civil conflict, religious/ethnic extremism and terrorism, democratization and civil-military relations. Nil Satana has published several book chapters, opinion pieces as well as articles in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Armed Forces and Society and Turkish Studies. Nil Satana has held various grants from The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, and a START grant funded by the Department of Homeland Security.