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Ayca Alemdaroglu

Ayca Alemdaroglu is the associate director of the program on Turkey at the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. Her research focuses on politics of culture and identity and social inequalities produced and reproduced through bodies, places and institutions. Her recent publications examine authoritarianism, youth politics, ethnicity/race and violence. Alemdaroglu has also written on such topics as China-Turkey relations, nationalism and eugenics, changing forms of urban segregation, generational change and gender relations, and higher education. In addition, she edited Kurds in Dark Times: New Perspectives on race/ethnicity, violence, and resistance (forthcoming 2021) and Middle East Report’s issues, “Confronting the New Turkey” and “Kurdistan: One and Many.” Alemdaroglu has taught undergraduate classes on the Middle East at Stanford and Northwestern and serves on the editorial boards of Middle East Report and Sociological Theory.

  • Research scholar and associate director of the program on Turkey, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, since 2020
  • Assistant professor of research, sociology, Northwestern University, 2015–2020
  • Associate director of Keyman Modern Turkish Studies, Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Studies, Northwestern University, 2015–2020
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Stanford Introductory Studies, Stanford University, 2012–2015
  • Lecturer, feminist, gender and sexuality studies, Stanford University, 2014–2015
  • Lecturer, urban studies, Stanford University, 2013–2014
  • Postdoctoral fellow and lecturer, anthropology, Stanford University, 2011–2012

Academic History
  • BS, political science and sociology, Middle East Technical University
  • MA, political science, Bilkent University
  • PhD, sociology, University of Cambridge 

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