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People are at the heart of the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program. They bring expertise and experiences from a range of disciplines from across campus and around the world.

Ayca Alemdaroglu

Ayca Alemdaroglu

Associate Director

ayca@northwestern.edu
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Ayca Alemdaroğlu is the associate director of the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program and a research assistant professor of sociology. She teaches in sociology, gender studies, and the Middle East and North African studies programs.

Gina Stec

Gina Stec

Program Coordinator

Phone number: 847-467-2359
gina.stec@northwestern.edu

Gina Stec is Program Coordinator for the Keyman Program, providing project management for outreach and communications, programming and operations. Previous experience at Northwestern includes roles within Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Equity and the Office of the Provost. She is currently pursuing her MA in Public Policy and Administration at Northwestern University.

 

Deniz Duruiz

Deniz Duruiz

Keyman Postdoctoral Fellow

deniz.duruiz@northwestern.edu
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Deniz Duruiz earned her PhD from Columbia University's Department of Anthropology in 2018. She holds an MA and BA in sociology from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. Her dissertation, “Sweated Labor of Kurdish Enclosures: Dispossession, Racialization, and Rural Labor Migration in Turkey,” explores political violence and the resulting racialized regional class formation in Turkey through a migrant labor practice.

Yannick Coenders

Yannick Coenders

Keyman Graduate Assistant, Graduate Student, Sociology

Yannick Coenders is the Graduate Assistant for the Keyman Program. Yannick’s research interests include racial classification in postcolonial times, and Black social movements in the Netherlands.

Onur Dirlik

Onur Dirlik

Keyman Visiting Scholar

Onur Dirlik, visiting scholar, is an assistant professor of management at Eskişehir Osmangazi University Business School. His research focuses on institutional change, Turkish business systems and varieties of capitalism. Currently, he is interested in how context-specific institutions differentiate organizational forms; how global, regional, national, and local influences affect organizations; and the power of the state in shaping the market. Onur Dirlik received his PhD in Economics and Administrative Sciences from Akdeniz University, and he served as a Visiting Research Scholar at the University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Business School.

Ioannis N. Grigoriadis

Ioannis N. Grigoriadis

Keyman Visiting Professor

Ioannis N. Grigoriadis is the invited 2018-2019 Keyman Visiting Professor. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis an associate professor and the Jean Monnet Chair of European Studies at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Bilkent University. He was recently an IPC-Stiftung Mercator Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik-SWP) in Berlin and a Stanley J. Seeger Research Fellow at Princeton University. His research interests include late Ottoman and republican Turkish politics and history with a focus on nationalism and democratization. He has published the following books in English: Democratic Transition and the Rise of Populist Majoritarianism: Constitutional Reform in Greece and Turkey (London & New York: Palgrave Springer, 2017), Instilling Religion in Greek and Turkish Nationalism: A “Sacred Synthesis”, (London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Trials of Europeanization: Turkish Political Culture and the European Union, (London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). 

Faculty

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

Professor of Politics and Religious Studies

eshurd@northwestern.edu
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Elizabeth Shakman Hurd is an associate professor of political science with a courtesy appointment in religious studies. She teaches and writes on the politics of religious diversity, the history of US foreign relations and the global politics of the Middle East.

Wendy Pearlman

Associate Professor of Political Science

pearlman@northwestern.edu
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Wendy Pearlman has studied or conducted research in Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Israel, and the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She is currently co-authoring a book that examines “triadic coercion”: the situation when a state uses violence and/or threats against another state to compel it to stop violence from a nonstate actor on its territory.

Michael Rakowitz

Professor of Art Theory & Practice

m-rakowitz@northwestern.edu
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Michael Rakowitz is a conceptual artist whose work has appeared in venues worldwide including dOCUMENTA (13), P.S.1, MoMA, MassMOCA, Castello di Rivoli, the 16th Biennale of Sydney, the 10th and 14th Istanbul Biennials, Tate Modern in London, Lombard Freid Gallery in New York and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. 

Galya Ben-Arieh

Professor of Instruction in Political Science

galyab@northwestern.edu
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Galya Ben-Arieh's research centers on the rights and processes of refugee protection and the role of law in settlement and inclusion in host societies and comparative constitutional theory and transformation.

Ozge Samanci

Associate Professor of Radio/TV/Film

ozge@northwestern.edu
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Ozge Samanci is a comics and digital media artist. Her areas of interest include interactive art, interactive narrative, interaction design, full-body interaction, comics and graphic novels, digital-interactive media theory and location-based art.

Oya Topçuoğlu

Lecturer, Turkish

Affiliation: Middle East and North African Studies Program
oya.topcuoglu@northwestern.edu

Oya's research addresses issues of social identity and cultural exchange, and how these are reflected in the material record of the ancient Middle East.

Jessica Winegar

Professor of Anthropology

j-winegar@northwestern.edu
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Jessica Winegar is a sociocultural anthropologist whose work investigates how people articulate understandings of history and political-economic change through cultural production and consumption, in particular through competing notions of culture and culturedness.

Emrah Yıldız

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Middle East & North African Studies

eyildiz@northwestern.edu
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Emrah Yıldız is a historical anthropologist specializing on routes of religious, commercial, and political mobility between modern-day Iran, Turkey, and Syria. His research lies at the intersection of historiography and ethnography of borders and their states; ritual practice, saints, and visitation in Islam; as well as studies of currencies and contraband commerce in trans-regional political economy.

İpek Yosmaoğlu

Associate Professor of History

i-yosmaoglu@northwestern.edu
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İpek Yosmaoğlu's research focuses on the late Ottoman Empire with an interest in nationalism, violence, political legitimacy and state modernization.

Graduate Students

Melike Arslan

Melike Arslan is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology. She studies economic and institutional development, legal reforms and implementation gaps in Turkey and in other developing economies.

Arif Çamuoğlu

Arif Çamuoğlu is a doctoral student in the Department of English. Arif's research is in the areas of Romantic and Modern English, as well as Ottoman and Turkish literatures.

Esra Cimencioglu

Esra Cimencioglu’s research interests include the cinema of displacement, transnational media, urban and postcolonial studies. Her primary research focuses on the relationships between space, gender, and everyday life in the city films of Middle Eastern and North African filmmakers. She received her BA in Urban and Regional Planning from Istanbul Technical University with honors, and MA in Film and Television from Istanbul Bilgi University. As an exchange student at FAMU in Prague, she had a chance to study the Czech New Wave and Central European Cinema. She worked in production and media companies in Istanbul as a production assistant, and produced several short films and documentaries. She has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for her doctoral study in the United States. 

Seyma Kabaoğlu

Seyma Kabaoğlu's primary research interests are Islamic banking and finance, government-financial market relations, religion, modes and moralities of economic exchange in Turkey.

Rana B. Khoury

Rana B. Khoury is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science. She studies comparative politics with a focus on civil war, state-society relations, and refugee politics in the Middle East.

Sean Lee

Sean Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science. He studies comparative politics with a focus on sectarian and ethnic conflict in the Middle East and Central Africa.

Aydın Özipek

Aydın Özipek is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology. His primary research interests are urban lower-class youth and the neoliberal transformation in Turkey.

Idil Ozkan

Idil Ozkan is interested in Spain's 2015 citizenship offer to Sephardic Jews with regard to language ideologies, transnational migration, diaspora, citizenship, and the understandings of homeland and belonging among Turkish Sephardic Jews.

Past Keyman Visiting Professors

Leyla Neyzi

Leyla Neyzi

2017–18

Leyla Neyzi (PhD, Cornell University, 1991) is based at Sabanci University in Istanbul. Her areas of interest include oral history, memory studies, European and Middle Eastern ethnography, nationalism and minorities, transnational youth and social movements.

Başak Yavçan

Başak Yavçan

2015–16

Başak Yavçan is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Turkey. She received her Ph.D. from University of Pittsburgh with a focus on comparative politics and international relations and worked as a visiting researcher at New York University. She specializes in comparative political behavior, specifically intergroup relations in the forms of public opinion toward immigration and the European Union (E.U.) and comparative immigrant acculturation attitudes. Her current research focuses on the intergroup dynamics resulting from the mass influx of Syrian refugees in Turkey, with an emphasis on the societal and political attitudes of Syrian displaced people.

Murat Arsel

Murat Arsel

2014–15

Murat Arsel is a broadly trained human geographer, specialized in the political economy of environmental change and societal transformation, paying particular attention to natural resource conflicts, rural and agrarian development, and state-society relationships. Much of his empirical has focused on Turkey, with developing interests in (Western) China and Latin America (particularly Ecuador). He received his PhD from Cambridge in the Environment, Society and Development research cluster of the Department of Geography. He also has an MPhil in Environment and Development from Cambridge, an MSc in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Economics and Government from Clark University. Before taking up his current position at the ISS in Netherlands, he was based at the University of Chicago as a Lecturer and Research Associate in Environmental Studies. He is currently a member of the editorial board of the interdisciplinary development studies journal Development and Change.

Soli Özel

Soli Özel

2013–14

Soli Özel is a professor of international relations and political science at Istanbul Kadir Has University. He is currently Fisher Family Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. Professor Ozel received his B.A. at Bennington College, M.A. from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Ozel taught at U.C. Santa Cruz, SAIS, University of Washington, Hebrew University, and Bogazici University in Istanbul. He was a fellow at St. Antony's College at Oxford in the spring of 2002, and he was a senior visiting fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies in the fall of the same year. Ozel's articles and opinion pieces appear in a wide variety of leading newspapers in Turkey and elsewhere around the world. Currently, he is a columnist for Haberturk newspaper, a frequent contributor to The Washington Post's "Post Global", and the former editor of the Turkish edition of Foreign Policy. Most recently, he co-authored the report Rebuilding a Partnership: Turkish- American Relations For a New Era? with Dr. Suhnaz Yilmaz and Abdullah Akyuz.

Meltem Ahiska

Meltem Ahiska

2012–13

Meltem Ahiska is associate professor of sociology at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. Her current research is on the emergence of Turkey as a nation-state in particular, and the nature of modernity in general. Her earlier research addresses the forms of communication developed by the Turkish governing elite in the first half of the twentieth century to “Westernize” the country and to create a national community where in fact none existed. She has published a book of poems, Havalandırma ,and co-curated exhibitions. In addition to her many articles, essays, and poems, she is the author most recently of Occidentalism in Turkey: Questions of Modernity and National Identity in Turkish Radio Broadcasting.
Cem Behar

Cem Behar

2011–12

Cem Behar (2011) is a Professor of Economics and Vice-President in charge of Academic Affairs at Boðaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. He has a double scholarly identity: his publications on late Ottoman social and family history include Istanbul Households, Marriage, Family and Fertility 1880–1940 (Cambridge, 1991). As a musicologist and historian of Ottoman music he has authored many scholarly publications: Ali Ufkî ve Mezmurlar (Istanbul, 1990), Zaman, Mekân, Müzik – Klasik Türk Musikisinde Eðitim (Meþk), Ýcra ve Aktarým (Istanbul, 1993) and Aþk olmayýnca meþk olmaz (Istanbul, 2003). He will teach two courses in spring 2011: Cities and Societies in the Middle East (WCAS) and a seminar on non-Western Musical traditions (Bienen School of Music), with a particular focus on Turkey and the Middle East.

Şule Kut

Şule Kut

2010–11

Şule Kut (2010) is dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in Istanbul Bilgi University. Her teaching and research interests include foreign policy analysis, Turkish foreign policy with emphasis on the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Turkish-EU and Turkish-U.S. relations as well as Balkan politics. She is the author of four books and more than thirty articles in English and Turkish. Kut is the president of the Turkish Political Science Association and an elected member of the Executive Committee of the International Political Science Association. She received her MA and PhD in political science from the State University of New York in Binghamton. Kut is teaching a course on Turkish Politics and a course on Turkish Foreign Policy in the winter quarter. She gave the talk What is So New About “New Turkish Foreign Policy”? at the Faculty & Fellows Colloquium.

Sibel Bozdoğan

Sibel Bozdoğan

2009–10

Sibel Bozdoğan has taught architectural history and theory courses at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, MIT, and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She has served as the director of liberal studies at the Boston Architectural Center and teaches in the Graduate Architecture Program of Bilgi University in Istanbul. Her interests range from cross-cultural histories of modern architecture in Europe, the United States, the Mediterranean and the Middle East to critical investigations of technology, modernity and national identity as they have informed the culture and production of architecture in Turkey and across the globe. She has published articles on these topics, co-authored a monograph on Turkish architect Sedad Hakki Eldem, and co-edited an interdisciplinary volume, Rethinking Modernity and National Identity in Turkey. Her Modernism and Nation Building: Turkish Archi­tectural Culture in the Early Republic (University of Washington Press) won the 2002 Alice Davis Hitchcock Award of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Koprulu Book Prize of the Turkish Studies Association. Bozdoğan taught two courses at Northwestern, a lecture course on “Modern Architecture and National Identity: Ottoman/Turkish Case in Global Context” and a seminar on “Istanbul: From Imperial Capital to Global City.” She also presented at a Buffett Institute Faculty & Fellows Colloquium; her talk was titled Urban Landscapes of Global Modernity in Istanbul.

Şevket Pamuk

Şevket Pamuk

2008–09

Şevket Pamuk (2008) is one of the most prominent historians of Ottoman and Turkish economic history. He is a professor of economics and economic history at the Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History, which is part of Bogaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. His publications in English include: Ottoman Empire and European Capitalism, 1820-1913: Trade, Investment, and Production (1987); History of Middle East Economies in the Twentieth Century (1998); Mediterranean Response to Globalization before 1950 (2000), co-edited with Jeffrey G. Williamson; and Monetary History of the Ottoman Empire (2000). Professor Pamuk’s two courses at Northwestern were “Turkey and Modernity,” offered through the Department of History, and “Economic History of the Middle East Since 1800,” offered by the Department of Economics. His presentation at the Buffett Institute Faculty and Fellows Colloquium was Export Oriented New Industrial Centers across Anatolia.

Yeşim Burul Seven

2007–08

Yeşim Burul Seven (2007) served as an adjunct professor of media and communications at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey, where she taught cultural studies, film studies and mass communication theories. Her research defines and analyses the new cultural space created by young filmmakers, musicians and authors of Turkish origin in Germany. Additional research interests include the formation and representation of cultural identities and popular music studies. She is a founding member of NECS, the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies. She has published articles on Turkish-German cinema, migrant filmmakers & musicians and Turkish popular culture. She has also been a film critic and radio producer/presenter in Istanbul, writing for monthly film magazines and producing the weekly radio show “Sinefil” at Açk Radyo (Open Radio). Seven taught two courses during spring 2007: “Identities in Turkish Film and Television” and “Turkish Cinema.” She also presented her work on Turkish cinema at a Buffett Institute Faculty & Fellows Colloquium.

Haldun Gülalp

2006–07

Haldun Gülalp , the inaugural Keyman Visiting Professor, was professor of sociology at Bogaziçi University in Istanbul. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Ankara and a PhD in sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He has written a large number of books and articles in both Turkish and English, including Kimlikler Siyaseti: Türkiye'de Siyasal İslamın Temelleri (Politics of Identities: Foundations of Political Islam in Turkey). He taught two courses in spring 2006. The first, “Islam and Secularism: Iran and Turkey,” was team-taught with Fariba Zarinebaf in the Department of History. The other course, cross-listed between sociology and political science, was called “Religion and Nationalism.” In 2007, Haldun Gülalp became the Director of the Center for Global Studies at the Yıldız Technical University in Istanbul.

Ahmet Evin

2005–06

Ahmet Evin (2005), the founding dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabanci University, received his BA in English and Comparative Literature in 1966 and his PhD in Middle East Studies and Cultural History in 1973 from Columbia University. Prior to his appointment at Sabanci University, he taught at New York University, Harvard University, Hacettepe University (Ankara), University of Pennsylvania (where he also served as director of the Middle East Center), University of Hamburg, and Bilkent University in Ankara (where he headed the Department of Political Science). As director of education of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, a Geneva-based international development foundation, he coordinated the program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and assisted in the development of architectural education in Asia and Africa. With the European Commission's support, Evin initiated a policy dialogue on the future of European architecture, EU's eastward expansion, its Mediterranean policy, and the customs union agreement with Turkey. He currently works on current foreign policy issues related to the European enlargement, its significance for Turkey and the region as well as its effect on Transatlantic relations.

Past Visiting Scholars

Sevda Alankuş

Sevda Alankuş

Keyman Visiting Scholar, 2017-18

Sevda Alankuş is a graduate of Faculty of Political Science, Ankara University, and holds degrees in Political Science (Ph.D.) and in Communication Studies (Professorship). Her recent research covers issues of feminist media criticism, alternative media and news reporting. She published the Peace Journalism Handbook (2017) and was the editor of a journalism handbook series that included the Human, Women, Children’s Right-based Journalism (2007, 2012). Her co-authored works focus on Turkish series in the global media market, discourse analysis of Turkish Cypriot media from a peace journalism point of view and textual analysis of nationalist Turkish Cypriot narrations. Alankuş is currently teaching at the Department of New Media, Kadir Has University, Istanbul.

Senem Aslan

Senem Aslan

Keyman Visiting Scholar, 2017-18

Senem Aslan is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Bates College. Her book Nation-Building in Turkey and Morocco: Governing Kurdish and Berber Dissent was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. She teaches courses on Middle East politics, state-building, and nationalism. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University between 2008 and 2010. She has published articles in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and the European Journal of Turkish Studies. Her recent research focuses on the politics of symbolism and imagery in Turkey.

Senem Yildirim-Ozdem

Senem Yildirim-Ozdem

Keyman Visiting Scholar, 2017-18

Senem Yildirim-Ozdem is an assistant professor of political science and public administration at Antalya AKEV University, Turkey. Her research mainly focuses on the public-private divide in contemporary political theory, the gendered nature of this dichotomy, and the concepts of social, political, and civil society. Her publications have appeared in journals such as British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (2017), Theory in Action (2016), The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms (2014) and Southeast European and Black Sea Studies (2011). She received her doctorate in political science in 2011 from Turkey’s Bilkent University, where she also completed her undergraduate degree. She was previously a visiting researcher at UIC.

Hüseyin Levent Köker

Hüseyin Levent Köker

Keyman Visiting Scholar, 2017-18

Hüseyin Levent Köker is a graduate of Ankara Law School and holds a PhD in political science. He was previously Hans Speier Visiting Professor in the New School for Social Research. Currently working on a critical re-interpretation of constitutional politics in Turkey, Köker’s research interests include constitution-making and post-national constitutionalism, democratic political theory, secularism, nationalism, multiculturalism, and cosmopolitanism. His publications include Modernization, Kemalism and Democracy (2009), Two Different Conceptions of Politics (2008), and Democracy, Critique, and Turkey (2008). Some of his articles have been published in Political Theory, The Annals of the AAPSS, and Constellations.

Fatih Turkmenoglu

Fatih Turkmenoglu

Keyman Program Visiting Scholar, 2014-15

Fatih Turkmenoglu is a well-known human interest journalist and TV host in Turkey. After completing a certificate program at NYU, he started working for newspapers and magazines in Istanbul. His television career started in 1996, reporting for CNN International from Turkey and hosting a widely followed travel show on CNN TURK for more than 10 years. He is a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship alumnus and has produced and hosted more than 1,000 television shows, traveled to over 80 countries, written three books and co-authored a travel book.

Sule Kut, Visiting Scholar

Keyman Program Visiting Scholar, 2009-10

Şule Kut is rector of Okan University in Istanbul, Turkey. Her teaching and research interests include foreign policy analysis, Turkish foreign policy with emphasis on the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Turkish-EU and Turkish-U.S. relations, and Balkan politics. When Kut visited Northwestern, she was serving as dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Istanbul Bilgi University. Kut is the president of the Turkish Political Science Association and was formerly an elected member of the Executive Committee of the International Political Science Association.