Welcome to my page. I am a tenured associate professor of Turkish Language and Literature in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Portland State University. Currently, I also serve as the associate chair of my department.
I have been a Portlander since 1997 but I am originally a native of Ankara, Turkey. I have also studied and lived in Izmir and Istanbul. These three cities are among the largest in Turkey today, Ankara being the country's capital. In addition to Turkey, I have also traveled and researched in Europe, most notably in Holland and Germany.
Most of my early schooling took place in Turkey. During the 1980s I was a university student in Turkey. I received my BA and MA degrees in Ege University, Izmir, Turkey (1985, 1988). I attended Ankara Ataturk Anadolu Lisesi (high school). My ties to Turkey are strong. I have been visiting Turkey every year since 1997.
I came to the United States in 1987 for the first time in order to participate in a USIA-sponsored cultural exchange program organized for emerging writers. In my group were students from sixteen different countries of the world.
My doctoral degree is from the University of Texas at Austin (1995), where I studied literature and cultural studies as a Fulbright scholar and taught Turkish in the Department of Middle East Languages and Cultures.
At the time I began my doctoral work at UT-Austin, I had also completed my doctoral coursework and comprehensives at Ankara University, Faculty of Letters (DTCF). In fact, prior to my appointment at Portland State University, Department of World Languages and Literatures, I worked as an assistant professor for Ankara University. In Turkey I also coordinated a joint-study abroad program organized by the University of Texas-Austin and University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul (1997, 1998).
I have been teaching in a university setting since 1988. The last twenty years of this time have been focused exclusively on teaching Turkish language, literature and culture (including film) in the United States. I am a modernist; my research ranges from the early twentieth century to the present. In addition to instruction on modern standard Turkish, my teaching and scholarly activities include Turkish literature (the novel), new Turkish cinema, television and popular culture, and women and gender in Turkey.
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