I am Associate Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the co-editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (2014-2018). I also have a joint appointment in the Curriculum of Global Studies and adjunct appointment in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. I received my PhD in Geography from the University of Washington, Seattle and MA in Sociology/Anthropology from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. I was awarded the 2017 Chapman Family University Teaching Award and the 2018 American Association of Geographers Enhancing Diversity Award.
My work engages the transnational scholarship on gender, sexuality, and feminism, feminist political geography and geopolitics, cultural geography, and geographies of religion with a focus on bodies, intimacy, and private/public space. I have been conducting ethnographic and multi-method fieldwork research in Turkey since 1996. This research has analyzed the politics of everyday life and questions of religion, secularism, and pluralism. I am interested in similar questions about religious, racial, and gender/sexual diversity, shared spaces, and social justice in the US and in Europe (specifically Germany) as well.
You can read more about my current interests under Projects.