Dustin Gamza is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Michigan and was a summer 2015 doctoral fellow with the Religious Freedom Project. Gamza's doctoral research considers how states choose to regulate religion, and what implications for political beliefs, behavior, and nationalism this regulation has for believers and religious leaders. His work focuses on states in the post-Soviet space which use various strategies of religious regulation to curtail or co-opt the political potential of religion, and how these institutions impact religious identity and politics over time. Before starting his graduate work at Michigan, Gamza graduated from Duke University summa cum laude with a B.A. in political science and spent a year studying at the London School of Economics. In addition to the Religious Freedom Project, Gamza's research is being funded by a Boren Fellowship and the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia.