Gail J. Buttorff

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Political Science
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Blake Hall
Room 311
University of Kansas
1541 Lilac Lane, 504 Blake Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045

GIST 667: Islam and Politics


I teach classes in the fields of comparative politics, specifically Muslim and Middle East and North African Politics, as well as research methods at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction to comparative politics
  • Middle East and North African
  • Electoral systems
  • Political parties
  • Authoritarian politics
  • Democratization
  • Game theory
  • Research methods
  • Statistics


My research interests focus broadly on elections and opposition politics in the Middle East and North Africa. I am currently working on a book manuscript examining how perceptions of regime legitimacy affect opposition party strategy in authoritarian elections. In addition, together with colleagues at New York University Abu Dhabi and University College London, I am part of a multistage and multidisciplinary project examining obstacles to the implementation of family law reforms, and the improvement of women's status in the North Africa.

Research Interests

  • Middle East and North African politics
  • Authoritarian elections
  • Electoral systems
  • Political parties
  • Election fraud
  • Democratization
  • Game theory


I serve on the Department of Political Science's promotion and tenure committee for the academic year 2013-2014. I previously served on the undergraduate undergraduate studies committee. In addition, for 2013-2014, I serve on the CLAS academic misconduct panel.

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