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Keyman Postdoctoral Fellow

2020-2022 Keyman Postdoctoral Fellow 

Anoush Tamar Suni is the 2020-2022 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 

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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 is the 2016-2018 Keyman Postdoctoral Fellow. He earned his Ph.D. degree in sociology at the University of Minnesota in 2016, his M.Phil degree in sociology at Cambridge University in 2006. His research and teaching interests include political ecology and political economy, urban and rural studies, energy infrastructures and the politics of dispossession. Titled as Fragile Energy: Power, Nature and Politics of Infrastructure in the “New Turkey” his dissertation research explores the political work energy infrastructures do in the twenty-first century Turkey. His interests lie in the areas of political sociology, critical development studies, urban and rural theory, political ecology with a particular focus on energy infrastructures and water/energy nexus. His regional focus is the Turkish Black Sea coast.