Professional Bio

2007 University of Arizona. Ph.D. in Anthropology Minor: Rhetoric Graduate Certificate: Women’s Studies

2011-present Regis University. Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology.

2007-2011 Western Connecticut State University. Assistant Professor of Anthropology,
Department of Social Sciences. Affiliated Faculty: Women’s Studies


As Editor:

2012 State-Society Relations (Special Issue published by Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Damla Isik, Houri Berberian, and Ali Igmen, editors. Duke University Press.

As Author:

2012 The Specter and Reality of Corruption in State and Civil Society: Privatizing and Auditing Poor Relief in Turkey, Special Issue on State-Society Relations. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp. 57-70. Duke University Press.

2011 Neighborly Ties and Sohbet: Global Capitalism and the Work of Weaving in Konya, Turkey, in Textile Economies: Power and Value from the Local to the Transnational, Walter E. Little, and Patricia A. McAnany, editors, Alta Mira Press, pp. 163-181.

February Personal and Global Economies: Male Carpet Manufacturers as
2010 Entrepreneurs in the Weaving Neighborhoods of Konya, Turkey. American
Ethnologist 37(1): 52-67.

2010 Nimble Hands Weaving Culture: Representation and Sale of Turkish Carpets over the Internet, in Women/Advertising/Representation: Extending Beyond Familiar Paradigms, Abel, Sue, Nowak, Anita and De Bruin, Marjan, editors, Creskil, N.J.: Hampton Press, pp. 129-145.

December On Sabır and Agency: The Politics of Pious Practice in Konya’s Weaving
2008 Industry. Special Issue on Engaging Islam. International Feminist Journal of Politics, Volume 10, Issue 4.

Research & Scholarship

Teaching and research interests include gender, globalization and labor politics in Turkey and the Middle East; NGO organizing and poverty alleviation; charity and philanthropy; transnational feminisms; economic anthropology; rhetoric, representation, and media studies. In my current research, I am interested in the increasingly important role of charitable civil society organizations in Turkey’s society and economy within the context of globalization, neoliberalization policies, and local economic conditions.