Research Bio

You can find my CV here.

(1) Religious Groups, Politics and Media: I moved to the US from Turkey  to attend Georgetown University’s Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service. After working in Washington DC think-tanks and NGOs, I applied for graduate school to pursue my interest in understanding the relationship between media and religious organizations particularly in Turkey. I continued my graduate work  at New York University’s Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies where I explored how religious and political personalities perform during live events. I particularly focused on the aspects an amnesiac violence and theatricality during the broadcast of Merve Kavakci’s (the first veiled female parliamentarian in Turkey) swearing-in ceremonies. After finishing my Master’s in Near Eastern Studies, I pursued another Master’s degree at Columbia University’s in Anthropology and researched transnational religious movements in Turkey and their use of digital media.

(2) Organizational Logics, Science Communication and Visual Culture: I have a PhD program from New York University’s Media, Culture and Communication department. I worked closely with my advisor Allen Feldman.

In the late spring of 2010, I was invited – on account of my health history – by a friend to a small community event organized by Jackson Laboratory in New York. I attended this event to find out about the transition that this iconic science institution was going through. The organizational reps talked about how they were using transferring human tumors into animal bodies – their breed of NSG mice- to understand and cure cancer.

I visited the Jackson Laboratory’s outpost in Bar Harbor, ME for every summer for three years to conduct research. During this time, I observed and chronicled their transformation of the Jackson Laboratory from a basic science institution into a organization at the frontier of genomic and personalized medicine. I chronicled the shifts of organizational culture and communication practices particularly those about personalized medicine for cancer.

I presented this research at various national and international conferences. I completed and defended my dissertation titled The Dying Patient, The Invincible Mouse and Tumor Media: Representation of Cancer Research at the Human-Animal Crossroads in 2015.

(3) Pedagogical Research about Global Classrooms: For the past decadeyears, I present and research on pedagogical approaches in higher education exploring how to transform classrooms into global and civic spaces.

(4) Role of Communication for Future of Work: My most recent research project is tied to my role as the director of Communication Leadership program. I am examining ways in which role of professional communication is changing across fields and initiatives by professionals to establish new communication based practices in their organizations.

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