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As a comparative/historical sociologist, Cem is interested in explaining long-term variations in state-society interactions. His research in particular provided historically nuanced applications of path dependency idea to unveil sub-national routes to state formation, social mobilization and political violence in the modern Middle East and contemporary Turkey. Two recent books have come of out this research agenda: Remapping the Ottoman Middle East: Modernity, Imperial Bureaucracy and the Islamic State (I.B. Tauris, 2012), and, co-authored with Aysegul Aydin, Zones of Rebellion: Kurdish Rebels and the Turkish State, which will be published by Cornell University Press in Spring 2015. Cem holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Binghamton University and was recently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.