I am a PhD Student in Cultural Anthropology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. My current research interests are on the history of electricity in relation to modernization, governmentality, materiality and the state in Turkey. Previously, I did research on the collective memory of the 2006-7 Novamed Strike, a long-winded and first of its kind women’s strike in Antalya Free Trade Zone in Turkey, as part of my Master’s thesis work with Meltem Ahıska in Boğaziçi University Department of Sociology. I hold a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College where I concentrated on Art History, Cultural Studies and Gender. As part of my graduation requirements for Hampshire, I undertook a year-long independent study project supervised by Sura Levine and Berna Turam, producing a thesis paper on the representations of the modern woman in Turkish art during 1920s and 30s.
I am currently a Quantitative Reasoning Fellow at Medgar Evers College. During the 2013-14 academic year, I taught a course titled Sex and Culture at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. I previously taught Introduction to Cultural Anthropology as adjunct instructor at Baruch College. For more information on these courses and my teaching experience, check out my Teaching page.
I have given presentations on the role of the history of feminism and body politics in relation to the Gezi protests, a wave of mass direct actions which started in Istanbul’s Gezi park and spread across Turkey. You can find more information about these and other presentations based on my research interests in the Talks/Media page.
I am a contributing editor of the Turkey page at Jadaliyya where I initiated the Turkey media roundup, a weekly selection of thematically organized opinion pieces in English and Turkish from across the political spectrum.
In 2011-2012, I worked as research assistant to the psychiatrist Prof. Tarık Yılmaz, M.D. Ph.D, assisting his research on the role of memory in the perception of success and failure as it relates to the social psychology of leadership and power.
I am a native speaker of Turkish. I’m very fluent in English and fluent in French with some practice. I have basic proficiency in reading and writing in Ottoman Turkish. I also have some working knowledge of Arabic and Kurdish.
I have done paid and volunteer translation and interpretation work, some samples can be found here. Please contact me if you would like to hire me for your English-Turkish or Turkish-English translation needs.
In 2012, I co-founded an urban gardening collective at Boğaziçi University called Tarlataban, inspired by the Ax-û Av (Soil and Water) project in the Kurdish city of Viranşehir. Our work as a collective has been featured on Turkish print media, radio and TV including Radikal, Sabah, Bianet, Açık Radyo, Al Jazeera Türk Dergi, Kanaltürk, CNN Türk (5N1K) and filmed as part of a documentary series for TRT by filmmaker Bingöl Elmas titled Bir Avuç Toprak (A Handful of Soil) exploring projects which feature urban residents who initiate re-engagement with food production.
I have been active in various social movements in the US and in Turkey, including antiracist, feminist, ecological, anticapitalist, and international solidarity work.
I occasionally write about arts, culture, politics and ecology for the general public.
I love museums. Although my current engagement with museums is limited to being a visitor, when I was still a student of art history, I was lucky to intern at institutions like the Brooklyn Museum and Santralistanbul and occasionally give public talks at Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays. I also worked as an educator at South Street Seaport Museum, located in Manhattan’s iconic historic district which is now threatened by redevelopment. While at Hampshire College, I was able to combine my passion for arts and social justice thanks to a 3-year long work-study at the Lebron-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center where I managed the Kahlo Gallery, an art space dedicated to exhibiting work by students of color and international students and to increasing awareness on issues of race, ethnicity, oppression, and underrepresentation.