I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Emory University in Atlanta. My research and teaching broadly focus on social and political philosophy. More specifically, I have written on Kant’s thought, the history of Western philosophy, 19th and 20th Century Transcontinental philosophy, and feminism, and I have additional interest and expertise in critical philosophy of race, post- and decolonial theory, and first-generation Frankfurt School thought. These days, I am thinking about the question of the relationship between history, power, and politics, specifically, the question of what historiographies and methodologies can be trusted while telling stories that were previously mis- or under-told.
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, complemented by classes in Literature, Sociology, and Political Science. As a result, at Boğaziçi I have studied logical positivism, set theory, and modal logic as well as jineology, Derrida, Marx and Marxist thought. My graduate training was in the continental (European) 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).
I identify as a feminist in the sense bell hooks defines it in Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center; that is, as someone committed to the struggle to end sexist (and all interrelated forms of) oppression. My teaching, service, and mentorship are informed by this commitment and strive to reflect my passion for transformative justice. As a Faculty-in-Residence at Emory’s Clairmont campus, I have been leading a social justice theme-hall named P.E.A.C.E. (Political, Ethical, Academic Community Experience) since 2015, and starting in 2018-19 Academic Year, this theme-hall became a Living Learning Community—a first at Emory. This community offers a built-in undergraduate Philosophy course on questions of political freedom and social justice.
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 series (in a Foucauldian-death-of-the-author kind of way), cat memes, and yoga. I am a proud guardian of two cats and a dog.
Last updated August 2020