I am a PhD student in Anthropology. I have an M.A. degree in political science from Western Michigan University where I also completed a year of graduate course work in the Anthropology Department. In 2013, I received my B.A. degree in European Studies from Maastricht University, in the Netherlands. I was born in Turkey where I lived until the age of 5 and then migrated to Germany. I speak several languages fluently (English, German, Turkish, Zazaki, and French) and have basic knowledge in some others. I have a strong interest in migration, people, and politics. Upon the completion of my doctoral degree, I aspire to teach at a 4-year university and continue my research on migration and human rights with the goal to influence policy making.
I examine how minority ethnic and linguistic groups and their advocates assess, preserve, and in some cases, expand basic rights for expression and recognition. This research has implications for extending human rights policies to immigrant and/or minority communities in heterogeneous societies across Europe, the Middle East, and the U.S. I was also very fortunate to have received a summer research grant by the Kellogg Institute to conduct preliminary fieldwork in Izmir, Turkey. I'm currently working in completing my report and I'm very excited about my findings and the connections I was able to already make.
- Civil Society
- Economic Growth/Development
- Human Rights
- Migration/Border Studies
- Political Behavior
- Political Parties/Party Systems
- Rule of Law
- Social Movements
- Social Networks
Impact of Migration on Zazaki Language and Identity Formation
Aug 31, 2017
In July and August 2017, I had the opportunity to begin preliminary fieldwork in Izmir, Turkey over the span of three weeks. My research centers on how immigrant populations maintain their native languages as minorities and construct their identities. I study this question in Zazaki-speaking communities, also referred to as Zazas or the Zaza people.