I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Emory University in Atlanta. I worked as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Koç University in Istanbul for a year after receiving my Ph.D. in Philosophy with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from DePaul University in Chicago. My research and teaching interests include social and political philosophy, Kant and German Idealism, feminist theory, Frankfurt School (especially first-generation thinkers Adorno, Horkheimer, and Benjamin), critical philosophy of race, and post- and decolonial thought.
I was born in Ankara and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. I received my B.A. in Philosophy at Boğaziçi University. My undergraduate education belonged to the liberal arts tradition, grounded in an analytically-oriented Philosophy department and accompanied by classes in Literature, Sociology, and Political Science. My graduate training was in the continental (European) tradition of the 19th and 20th century figures and movements, including but not limited to: German Idealism, materialism, and phenomenology (especially Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Marx and Marxism, and Heidegger), French thought (especially Foucault, Irigaray, Kristeva, and Derrida), and critical theory (especially Adorno, Horkheimer, and Spivak).
Since the Fall of 2015, I have been a Faculty-in-Residence at Emory’s Clairmont campus, leading a social justice theme-hall named P.E.A.C.E. (Political, Ethical, Academic Community Experience). Starting in 2018-19 Academic Year, this theme-hall will become a Living Learning Community with a built-in undergraduate Philosophy course, PHIL 497R “What is Freedom?”- a first at Emory.
In addition to theory, I like reading fiction, specifically science-fiction of post-apocalyptic nature, in novel or short story form. I like smart TV shows, Harry Potter, cat memes, and yoga.