Yüksel Sezgin is the author of Human Rights under State-Enforced Religious Family Laws in Israel, Egypt and India, which won the 2014 American Sociological Association's Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Book Prize. His research and teaching interests include legal pluralism, comparative religious law, and human rights with reference to the Middle East, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior his position at Syracuse, he taught at the University of Washington, Harvard Divinity School, and the City University of New York. He has also held fellowships at PIIRS (Princeton), Columbia University, Bielefeld University, the American University in Cairo, and the University of Delhi. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Ankara, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of London (SOAS), and the University of Washington. While at LAPA, he will work on a book project that examines the relationship between shari`a and democracy in non-Muslim majority countries, focusing specifically on the cases of Israel, Greece, India, and Ghana.