Primary Department: Political Science
Began Graduate Studies: 2009
Area(s) of Research Interest: Gözde’s research interests lie primarily in state-society relations and social conflict, especially in the Middle Eastern context, but with an eye towards comparison across regions. Specifically, she is interested in ideological social cleavages, particularly those that arise from deeply clashing visions of the state and public life among citizens. Her dissertation investigates what causes intense social polarization over the role of religion in shaping politics and public life, through a comparative historical analysis of the cases of Turkey and Israel. Beyond its causal, theory-building goal, the dissertation also seeks to conceptualize what such a polarization means and what it entails, by showing the specific ways through which it divides Turkish and Israeli societies.