Professor Achilov’s research specializations include comparative and international politics, research methods, democratization, civil society, and political Islam.  Prof. Achilov’s research focuses on the politics of the Islamic world, with an emphasis on Middle East politics.  He was previously a fellow at the National Council for US-Arab Relations and a Visiting Scholar at the Davis Center for Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.  His research has been published in multiple journals including Social Science Quarterly, Democratization, International Political Science Review, and the Journal of Central Asian Studies.  He is coeditor of the forthcoming book The Routledge Handbook of Central Asian Politics (Routledge Press).