Turkish Studies

Keyman Postdoctoral Fellow

Deniz Duruiz earned her PhD from Columbia University's Department of Anthropology in 2018. She holds an MA and BA in sociology from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul.

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.

Her research interests include spatial mechanisms of mobility management; gender and kinship as self-making practices among Kurds and Syrian migrants in Turkey; materiality, landscapes, borders, and borderlands; subjectivity, embodiment, and affect.