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School of Business & Management

Dr. Sharon Linzey

Dr. Sharon Linzey


Political Science

  • B.A. Southern California College, 1971
  • M.A. (Religious Studies) Indiana University, 1979
  • M.A. (Sociology) Indiana University, 1982
  • Ph.D. Indiana University, 1984
  • J.D. Cornell Law School 2006
  • LLM Cornell Law School 2006


2012 “Capacity Building for Higher Education Institutions in the Kurdistan Region,” British Council, Kurdistan Regional Government, March 17.
2010 “Why Quality Assurance is Important for Higher Education in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq,” with Beriwan Khailany, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Kurdistan Regional Government, Erbil, Iraq. April. Available at: http://www.mhe-krg.org/?q=node/9.
2008 “A Kurdish Woman’s Story,” Kappan, Alpha Delta Kappa Quarterly, December.
2007 The Internally Displaced Kurds of Turkey: Ongoing issues of Responsibility, Redress, and Resettlement, (with Mark Muller), Kurdish Human Rights Project: London, UK.
2007 “Kurdish Women for Peace and Equality,” Journal for Middle East Women’s Studies, Vol. 3, No. 3, October.
2005 “The Context of Turkey’s Law on Compensation for Damage arising from Terrorist Acts,” The Kurdish Human Rights Legal Review, Vol. 8, Kurdish Human Rights Project: London, UK, pp. 71-78.
2005 The Status of Internally Displaced Kurds in Turkey and Compensation Rights: Fact-finding Mission Report, (with Lucy Claridge, Esq.) Kurdish Human Rights Project, Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, EU-Turkey Civic Commission, London, UK.
2005 Analysis of the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Application to the European Court of Human Rights, (with C. Gau, S. Jones, and R. Mamiya), Cornell Law School. December 12.
2003 Religion in Russia, William Carey Library: Pasadena, California.
2001 “The Current State of Religious Freedom in Russia,” (with Yakov Krotov), Journal of Religion in Eastern Europe, vol. 21, no. 5. October.
2000 “Multiculturalism and Missions,” Fides et Libertas, International Religious Liberty Association: Silver Spring, Maryland. Spring.
1999 “The Future of the Religious Freedom Law in Russia,” Kontinent Journal: Moscow, Russia. Spring.
1999 God in Russia: The Challenge of Freedom, (with Ken Kaisch, eds.), University Press of America: Lanham, Maryland.
1996 Directory of Indigenous Christian Organizations of the Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe, Berry Publishing Services: Evanston, Illinois.
1996 “Anti-Catholicism runs deep in Russian soul,” (with James Krotov), National Catholic Register, vol. LXXI, no. 33. August 13.
1995 “Rethinking the Reasonableness of the Religious Right,” Review of Religious Research, (with Clyde Wilcox and Ted Jelen), vol. 36, no. 3. March.
1994 Moral Values in a Changing Society, (with Serge Duss, Eds.), Ogonyok: Moscow, Russia. (Russian language).
1993 East-West Christian Organizations Directory. Berry Publications: Evanston, Illinois.
1991 “Reluctant warriors: Premillennialism and Politics in the Moral Majority,” (with Clyde Wilcox and Ted Jelen), Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, vol. 30, no. 3. September.
1989 “Changing Sex Roles in the American Marriage,” Korean Women’s Journal, Ewha Women’s University: Seoul, Korea. October 21.
1989 The Moral Majority: Plausibility and Dissonance, Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press.
1989 “Durkheim, Suicide and Religion: Toward a Network Theory of Suicide,” (with Bernice Pescosolido), American Sociological Review, vol. 54, no. 1. February.
1988 “The American Assemblies of God: spiritual emphasis and social activism,” Faces of Renewal, Paul Elbert, (ed.) Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.: Peabody, Massachusetts.
1988 “Human rights violations in Cuba,” Religion and Democracy, Washington, D.C. July.
1984 “Is a ‘Religious’ Neighbor a ‘Good’ Neighbor?” Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, Spring/Summer, vol. 11, no. 2.

Book Reviews

2013 Iraqi Nationalism and the Question of Identity, Sherko Kirmanj, Lynne Reiner Press, forthcoming.
2010 The Kurds of Iraq: Ethnonationalism and National Identity in Iraqi Kurdistan, Mahir Abdulwahid Aziz, I.B. Tauris Press, London, 2010.
2000 Family Therapy: An Intimate History, Lynn Hoffman, (W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 2001), Affilia, Journal of Women and Social Work.
1999 The Politics of Religious Apostasy: The Role of Apostates in the Transformation of Religious Movements, David Bromley (ed.), (Praeger Publishers: Westport, CT, 1998), The Social Science Journal, vol.37/no.3.
1996 The Forgotten: Catholics of the Soviet Empire from Lenin through Stalin, Rev. Christopher Lawrence Zugger, Syracuse University Press.
1991 Mine Eyes have seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical subculture in America, Randall Balmer, (Oxford University Press, 1989), Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, vol. 30, no. 1. March.
1987 Religion and the Sociology of Knowledge: Modernization and Pluralism in Christian Thought and Structure, Barbara Hargrove (ed.), (New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 1984), Contemporary Sociology, vol. 14, no. 5.

Professional and Community Service

  • IREX Evaluator for the Iraqi University Linkages Program
  • Associate Editor, The Young Lawyer, American Bar Association
  • Editor, Iraqi Nationaism and the Question of Identity, Lynne Reiner Press.
  • Founder, The Kurdish Bible Institute, Erbil, Iraq.
  • Kuwait-Iraqi Inspection of containers of medical shipments to the Iraq region.
  • Consultant for Chinese Fulbright professors coming to the United States to lecture and research.
  • “Women’s Leadership and Development Project,” distributed $50,000 worth of medical aid, literature, food and clothing to prisons, orphanages and schools.
  • Romania-Ukraine humanitarian trip to Romania and Ukraine.
  • Member of Ethics and Public Policy Center delegation on U.S.-Taiwan Security and Economic Interests, Republic of Taiwan.
  • Program Chair, Washington State Sociological Association annual conference, University of Washington: Seattle, Washington.
  • “Faith and Foreign Policy Conference,” Project Coordinator, Seattle Pacific University, October 10-11.
  • Consultation with Michael Lillis, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN, and Col. Tom Johnson, Legal Officer of U.S. Mission to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Geneva, Switzerland. September 9.
  • Study at the Ecumenical Institute for Advanced Theological Research: Tantur, Jerusalem, Israel: funded by the Pew Foundation, Jun-Sept.
  • Invitation to White House by President Reagan for Seminar on Religious Freedom in the Soviet Union, Washington, D.C.
  • World Affairs Council Northwest delegation to Cuba. Sponsored by the Commission on U.S. - Latin American Relations.
  • Member of Ethics and Public Policy Center delegation on U.S.-Taiwan Security and Economic Interests, Republic of Taiwan.
  • Alumna of the Year Award, Vanguard University of Southern California. (1988).

Works in Progress

Work on Political Islam

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association
  • American Political Science Association