Turkish Studies


Associate Director

Ayça Alemdaroğlu

Dr. Alemdaroğlu (PhD, Cambridge, 2011) is the associate director of the Keyman Program and research assistant professor in sociology and Middle East and North African studies. Her areas of interest include youth culture, gender and sexuality, constructions of space and place, experiences of modernity, nationalism, eugenics, and higher education. 

Keyman Postdoctoral Fellow

Headshot of Deniz DuruizDeniz Duruiz earned her PhD from Columbia University's Department of Anthropology in 2018. For her doctoral dissertation, she conducted ethnographic research with migrant workers from the Kurdish region of Turkey, both in their hometowns and at 12 different rural worksites in western Turkey.

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. Learn more about Duruiz.

Keyman Visiting Scholar

dirlik.jpgOnur Dirlik 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.

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.

Program Coordinator


Gina Stec is Program Coordinator for the Keyman Program. She provides coordination and project management for outreach and communications, programming, and operations. Previous experience at Northwestern includes program support within Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Equity, and the Office of the Provost. Her background in New York City includes roles in the Financial Services and the Health/Wellness sectors. She is currently pursuing her MA in Public Policy and Administration at Northwestern University.