Ayça Alemdaroğlu Associate Director, Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program; Lecturer in Sociology and MENA

Ayça Alemdaroğlu (Ph. D. Cambridge 2011) is a sociologist and the Associate Director of the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program at Northwestern University. Her research has focused on Turkey and has engaged with a broad range of theoretical and ethnographic issues. These include youth culture and politics, gender and sexuality, constructions of space and place, experiences of modernity, nationalism, eugenics and higher education. The concern in much of her work is with the ways in which social inequality is produced and reproduced through bodies, places and institutions and informs the experiences of ordinary people.

Before coming to Northwestern, Ayça was a post-doctoral fellow and a lecturer in the Anthropology Department and the Thinking Matters Program at Stanford University. She was also a visiting scholar in the Department of Sociology  at New York University between 2006-2008. Ayça was born and raised in Ankara and studied political science and sociology in the Middle East Technical University and Bilkent University.