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Keyman Postdoctoral Fellows

2020-2023 Keyman Postdoctoral Fellow 

Anoush Tamar Suni is the 2020-2023 Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern anoush suniUniversity. She earned her PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2019. For her doctoral dissertation, entitled “Palimpsests of Violence: Ruination and the Politics of Memory in Anatolia,” she spent over two years (2015-2017) in the region of Van, in southeastern Turkey, conducting ethnographic research. She is currently working on her book project, which investigates questions of memory and the material legacies of state violence in the region of Van with a focus on the historic Armenian and contemporary Kurdish communities. Prior to coming to Northwestern, she was a Manoogian Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Armenian Studies Program and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include state and intercommunal violence, memory, materiality and landscape, cultural heritage, space and place, and political and historical anthropology in Turkey, Armenia, Kurdistan, and the broader Middle East.

2018-2021 Keyman Postdoctoral Fellow 


Deniz Duruiz is the 2018-2021 Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University. She received her PhD in anthropology from Columbia University. For her doctoral dissertation, she conducted ethnographic research with Kurdish migrant farmworkers and Syrian refugees, both in the Kurdish region and at twelve different worksites in western Turkey. She is currently working on her book project, which examines political violence in the Kurdish region and the resulting racialized and regionally divided class formation in Turkey through this migrant labor practice. Her postdoctoral research explores the Syrian experience of migration to Europe with a focus on labor both as a category of political economy and as an embodied everyday practice. Her research interests include ethnicity, race, and racialization, the nation-state and statelessness, capitalism, racialized labor regimes, political economy of war, intra-national and transnational migration, gender, kinship, psychoanalysis, and affect theory. She is also the creator and the host of the Keyman Podcast. 

2016-2018 Keyman Postdoctoral Fellow

Sinan Erensü was the 2016-2018 inaugural Keyman Postdoctoral Fellow. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. Prior to this appointment, Sinan was a Mercator-IPC fellow at sinan erensuIstanbul Policy Center in 2019-2020, working on energy democracy and renewable energy cooperatives. He earned his Ph.D. degree in sociology at the University of Minnesota in 2016 and his M.Phil degree in sociology at Cambridge University in 2006. Titled "Fragile Energy: Power, Nature and Politics of Infrastructure in the 'New Turkey', " his dissertation explores the political work energy infrastructures do in the twenty-first century Turkey. His research and teaching interests include political ecology and political economy, urban and rural studies, energy infrastructures and the politics of dispossession. His interests lie in the areas of political sociology, critical development studies, urban and rural theory, and political ecology with a particular focus on energy infrastructures and water/energy nexus. His regional focus is the Turkish Black Sea coast.

Most recent publications are “Neoliberal Politics in Turkey”, Oxford Handbook of Turkish Politics, Oxford University Press, (2020) (with Yahya Madra); “Powering Neoliberalization: Energy and Politics in the Making of a New Turkey”, Energy Research and Social Science, 41: 148-157. (2018); “Dialectics of Reform and Repression: Unpacking Turkey’s Authoritarian Turn”, the Review of Middle Eastern Studies, 52(1): 16-28. (2018) (co-authored with A. Alemdaroglu). Sinan is also completing a policy report for Istanbul Policy Center focusing on the connections between Climate Change and COVID-19, forthcoming.