Özge Ertem

Özge Ertem completed her BA in Marmara University’s Political Science and International Relations Department (Istanbul, 2003), her MA in Boğaziçi University’s Atatürk Institute (Istanbul 2005), and her PhD in European University Institute’s History and Civilization Department (Florence, 2012). Her research topics have included the history of childhood, famine and hunger in the late Ottoman era, communal relations, disaster and everyday life, relief and charity networks, and famine memory.

Nazlı Türker

Nazlı Türker holds a BA in International Relations, 9 Eylul University, an MA in Political Science from Sabancı University. Since her student years, she has been engaged in various civic activities and rights-based advocacy projects, especially on cultural diplomacy, civil society studies, gender, LBGTIQ+ rights and activists' well-being.

Nazlı Hazar

Nazlı Hazar graduated from the Sociology Department of Bahçeşehir University in 2015 with her thesis entitled “Jewish Representations in 30’s and 40’s: The Case of Akbaba Magazine.” In 2016, she completed her second major in Political Science and International Relations at Bahçeşehir University.

Kristen Sarah Biehl

Kristen Sarah Biehl works as a research faculty member at Sabanci University Gender and Women’s Studies Center of Excellence (SU Gender). She holds a BA in Social Anthropology and Development Studies from SOAS, University of London (2015), an MA in Socilogy from Bogazici University (2008) and D.Phil in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oxford (2018). Since 2006 she has been involved both academically and professionally in intensive research within the migration and asylum field in Turkey.

İlayda Ece Ova

Ilayda Ece Ova has received her BA degree in International Relations at Bilkent University and her MA degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University. She has worked as an M&E Officer at an NGO for refugees before joining SU Gender and currently works as a Project Specialist for the GEARING-Roles project, Curious Steps ve Purple Certificate Programs.

Hülya Adak

Hülya Adak is the Director of Sabancı University’s Gender and Women’s Studies Center of Excellence (SU Gender). Since 2018, she has served as Professor of Ottoman and Turkish Studies at the Free University of Berlin. At Sabancı University, she co-founded the Cultural Studies BA and MA programs and Gender Studies PhD Programs. Adak is the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, Newton Grant (British Academy), COST Action (Horizon 2020), and the Supervisor of various Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellows in the field of Gender Studies.

Begüm Acar

Begüm Acar works as the Coordinator of Gender and Women’s Studies Center in Sabanci University (SU Gender). Begüm studied Sociology and Comparative Literature in Istanbul Bilgi University, and continues her graduate study in Musicology. As a feminist activist, Begüm has volunteered in civil society organizations on gender equality at both national and international levels, taken part in campaigns and research projects specially on femicide, local elections, peace, and women's labor.

Ceyda Karadaş

Ceyda works as Purple Certificate Program Coordinator at Sabancı University Gender and Women's Studies Center of Excellence (SU Gender). Ceyda studied International Relations at Ege University, and received her MA degree in Gender and Women's Studies program at METU. Ceyda is interested in beauty perception and aesthetic surgeries.

Meral Açıkgöz

Meral Acikgoz worked at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, in Turkey between 2006-2019 in various capacities, advising on migration policies and laws. Ms. Acikgoz has lastly responsible for the Integration and Social Cohesion Program of IOM Turkey. She has closely worked with the government to develop Turkey’s first Strategy Documents and National Action Plans on Integration and Irregular Migration, which were adopted respectively in 2018 and 2015. As a counsellor at IOM, Ms.

Marhabo Saparova

Marhabo Saparova is a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University Sociology and Anthropology Department. Saparova completed her MA degree in Cultural Studies at Sabanci University where she wrote her thesis on the role of religious affiliation in gendered migration experiences of Central Asian women university students in Turkey. MA training in Cultural Studies and involvement in SU Gender projects and activities (such as Curious Steps) have profoundly shaped her interest and passion for migration, gender and urban studies.

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