Turkish Studies

Graduate Students

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 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’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'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 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 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.

Hazal Özdemir

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.

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.