Luis Felipe Mantilla obtained his M.A. and Ph. D. in Government from Georgetown University (2012) and B.A. from Dartmouth College (2004). His research interests cover a variety of topics in comparative politics, including religion and politics, political parties, social movements and democratization. He frequently engages in systematic comparisons of the Middle East and Latin America, drawing on a variety of sources and methods to leverage the similarities and differences between the two regions. He has published articles in Party Politics, Politics & Religion, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, along with co-authored chapters in two edited volumes. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Religious Parties and Secular Politics in Mexico and Turkey.