Turkish Studies

Affiliated Faculty

Ayça Alemdaroğlu is the associate director of the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program and teaches in sociology and the Middle East and North African studies. Her research focuses on youth culture and politics, gender and sexuality, class subjectivities, experiences of modernity, nationalism, eugenics, and higher education. 

Brian Edwards is Crown Professor in Middle East Studies, professor of English and comparative literary studies, and director of the MENA program. Edwards’s research examines the ways in which Western perceptions about the Middle East and North Africa are shaped by cultural representations, including literature, cinema, media, popular culture, and higher education.

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 is an associate professor of political science. She has conducted research in Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, and the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 

Michael Rakowitz is a professor of art theory & practice and 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 Ruffer is the founding director of the Center for Forced Migration Studies. Her work centers on refugee rights and protection, regional understandings of the root causes of conflict and refugee crises, rule of law, and the process of international justice with a particular focus on the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

Ozge Samanci is an assistant professor in the Department of Radio/Television/Film, and 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 teaches Turkish language in the Middle East and North African Studies at Northwestern. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Her 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 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 is an associate professor of anthropology and MENA. His research lies at the intersection of historiography and ethnography of borders and their states; ritual practice, visitation and pilgrimage in Islam; and smuggling and contraband commerce in global political economy.

İpek Yosmaoğlu is an associate professor of history. Her research focuses on the late Ottoman Empire with an interest in nationalism, violence, political legitimacy and state modernization.