Bio


Irmak Yazici is a Lecturer and Fellow in the Civic, Liberal, Global Education (COLLEGE) Program at Stanford University. Her research broadly focuses on secularism in global and comparative politics. Irmak’s dissertation, entitled “Seeing through Secularism: What Religious Controversies Can Tell in India and Turkey,” provides a comparative historical analysis of secularism through an investigation of the links between religious controversies and nationalist discourses in these countries. More specifically, her dissertation outlines how secular law and policies have controlled speech in the public sphere and discusses the ways in which such control legitimized religious nationalist ideologies. Irmak is currently working on a book project that details this complex overlap between secularism, democracy, and religious nationalism.

Prior to her appointment at Stanford, Irmak was a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (2014–2022). She designed and taught a broad range of courses, including courses on religion and constitutional law in the United States, the politics of the media, environmental law and politics, American politics, global/comparative politics, and political inquiry/analysis. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa as the Center’s Coordinator (2018–2022).

Irmak is a Fulbright alumna (2012–2014) and her research received funding from the American Political Science Association (APSA), International Studies Association (ISA), and Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Academic Appointments


  • Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Civic, Liberal, and Global Education

Professional Education


  • PhD, MA, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Political Science
  • MS, Middle East Technical University, Asian Studies
  • MA, BA, Middle East Technical University, Philosophy

Research Interests


  • Philosophy
  • Religion

2022-23 Courses