CV

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Postdoctoral Fellow, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Anthropology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, NY, 2019 (expected)

Dissertation: Unsettled Geologies: The Temporal and Spatial Politics of Oil Exploration in Turkey, 1923-2023

Advisor: Gary Wilder

M.A. Sociocultural Anthropology, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2011

B.A. Sociology, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2009

AWARDS, GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS

External

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2019 (declined)

Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, 2016 

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, 2016

National Science Foundation Travel Grant Award for the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science, 2015

Internal

Climate Action Fellow, Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2018

Dissertation Year Fellowship, Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2018

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Committee on Globalization and Social Change, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2017

Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Summer Research Award, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2015

Anthropology Department Summer Fellowship Award, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2015

Doctoral Student Research Grant, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2014

Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2012

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed, Under Review

 “Geosocial Territories: The Political Geology of Caves in Turkey”submitted to Political Geography, September 2018.

Peer-Reviewed, In Preparation

“The Speculative Underground: Geological Uncertainty, Oil Conspiracies, and Temporal Politics in Turkey” to be submitted to Environment and Planning E, June 2019.

“Oceanic Potentialities: Resource Exploration, Materiality, and Geopolitics in the Sea,” to be submitted to Environment and Society, special issue on “Oceans,” July 2019.

Other

“Overcoming Lack: Discourses of Hostility over Arabs in Istanbul and Questions of Occidentalism and Subjectivity in Turkey” (unpublished master’s thesis), Columbia University, New York, 2011.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Instructor

“Cultures in Transformation I” and “Cultures in Transformation II,” Brooklyn College, CUNY, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

Other

Climate Action Fellow, Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2018

Graduate Assistant, Committee of Globalization and Social Change, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2018-present

Teaching Fellow, Writing Across the Curriculum, Medgar Evers College, CUNY, 2017-2018

PANELS ORGANIZED

Geological Anthropology. American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting, November 20-24, 2019

Techno-politics in the Middle East, Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting, November 14-17, 2019

The Future Strikes Back! American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting,

November 18-22, 2015

Science and Technology Studies and the Middle East. Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting, November 11-14, 2015

PAPER PRESENTATIONS

“Decomposing Futures: Time, Work, and ‘Political Decay’ in Turkey’s Oilfields,” American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting, November 14-18, 2018

“Matters of Conspiracy: Oil Prospects, Geological Knowledge, and Temporality in Turkey,” Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth Annual Conference, September 18-21, 2018

“Violent Collisions: Geology, Oil, and Subterranean Power in Turkey’s Kurdistan,” Serbest Kurdish Studies Conference, Buffett Institute for Global Studies, Northwestern University, June 1–2, 2018

“Geological Futures: Life of Oil in the Late Capitalist Colony,” American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, April 10-14, 2018

“Wells of Failure: Oil Exploration, Conspiracy Theory, and Power in Turkey,” Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting, November 18-21, 2017

 “The Will to Predict: Oil Exploration, Temporality, and the Work of Imagination,” Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), August 30-September 2, 2017

“Subterranean Futures: Geology, Materiality, and Temporality in Hydrocarbon Exploration in Turkey,” American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, March 29-April 2, 2016

 “Anticipating Radiance: Imaginaries of Energy Abundance and Power in Turkey,” American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting, November 18-22, 2015

 “Unrealized Futures: Geo-Politics of Thorium’s Nuclear Potentiality,” Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting, November 11-14, 2015

 “Inanimate Life: Rocks, Time, and Geological Practice at Turkey’s Mineral Research and Exploration Institute,” Science Studies Research Group (SSRG), Cornell University Department of Science and Technology Studies, November 2, 2015

“Earth Enacted: Rethinking Fossil Fuels and Climate Change through Geology in Turkey,” Four Field Event: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: The Environment as Anthropological Subject, The Graduate Center, CUNY, October 9, 2015

“Common but Differentiated” Burdens: Questioning Environmental Justice and Historical Responsibility through the Politics of Climate Change in Turkey,” Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, March 24-28, 2015

 “Hazardous Causes: The Politics of Responsibility and Environmental Health in Turkey,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, December 3-7, 2014

WORKSHOPS

Invited

The Life Worlds of Middle Eastern Oil, NYU Abu Dhabi, April 15-17, 2019

Writing Slow Disaster in the Anthropocene, Drexel University, April 19, 2018

Other

The Anthropocene Campus Philadelphia, Drexel University, October 22-26, 2017

The Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing, Junior-Senior Mentor Program, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, November 18-22, 2015

Anthropology and Environment Society (AES) Dissertation Workshop, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, December 3-7, 2014

EVENT ORGANIZATION

For Climate Action Lab

 “Green Infrastructures,” thematic session, CUNY Graduate Center, Feb 22, 2019

“Housing & Social Hubs,” thematic session, CUNY Graduate Center, March 29, 2019

“Governance,” thematic session, CUNY Graduate Center, May 3, 2019

 “Food,” thematic session, Climate Action Lab, CUNY Graduate Center, September 28, 2018

“Energy,” thematic session, Climate Action Lab, CUNY Graduate Center, October 26, 2018

“Waste,” thematic session, Climate Action Lab, CUNY Graduate Center, November 30, 2018

For the Committee of Globalization and Social Change

Translation Today: Politics, Ethics and Aesthetic, The Committee of Globalization and Social Change, April 4-5, 2019, CUNY Graduate Center

International Solidarity in History, Theory, and Practice, Roundtable Discussion, Feb. 14, 2019, CUNY Graduate Center

For the Love of Humanity: The World Tribunal on Iraq, Book Launch and Discussion, November 6, 2018, CUNY Graduate Center

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Anthropological Association (AAG)

American Association of Geographers (AAG)

Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)

Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA)

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

President, Middle Eastern Studies Organization, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2013–present

Student Representative, Anthropology Department Executive Committee, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2017-2018

Co-chair, Anthropology Department Elections Committee, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2013–2014

LANGUAGES

Turkish (Native)

English (Fluent)

Kurdish – Kurmanji (Intermediate)

German (Basic)

RESEARCH / TEACHING INTERESTS

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

Nature and Resource Politics

Multispecies Anthropology

Climate Change Politics

Anthropology of the Middle East

Violence and Warfare

Infrastructures

Space, Place, Territory

Power and Politics

Critical Social Theory

Time and Temporality

SOFTWARE SKILLS

Adobe Premier Pro

Adobe Photoshop

Ableton Live

WordPress

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Editorial Internship, CMJ Network, New York, NY, 2010-2011

Editor, BirGun Newspaper, Foreign News, Turkey, 2008

Internship, NTV News Channel, Foreign News, Turkey, 2007

EXTRACURRICULAR INTERESTS

Field Recording

Modular Synthesizers

Speculative / Science Fiction Writing

Gardening / Permaculture

REFERENCES

Gary Wilder, Professor of Anthropology, History, and French at CUNY Graduate Center

Julie Livingston, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU

Ashley Dawson, Professor of English at CUNY Graduate Center

Mandana E. Limbert, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Queens College, CUNY

Robyn d’Avignon, Assistant Professor of History at NYU

Katherine Verdery, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center

Melissa Checker, Hagedorn Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College and Associate Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Psychology at CUNY Graduate Center