M.A. (2010) University of Los Angeles, California
B.A. (2005) University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
My master's thesis focused on Orhan Pamuk's memoir Istanbul: Memories and the City. I was particularly interested in the ways in which Pamuk claims a rooted and local identity; at the same time, I argued that one of Pamuk's central projects in his memoir was to place himself in Istanbul without endorsing a nationalist project.
My doctoral research will be located in the Istanbul neighborhood of Eyüp and study some of the ways in which the neighborhood - or particular sites within the neighborhood - have come to be understood as especially Islamic.
GRANTS AND AWARDS
2010 Summer FLAS (Turkish)
2009-2010 FLAS (Turkish)
2009 Graduate Summer Research Mentorship
2007-2008 FLAS (Arabic)
Lieba Faier (chair)
Susan Slyomovics (external, Anthropology)
Irene Bierman (external, Art History)
Association of American Geographers, April 2010. Representing Istanbul and the 'Problem' of the West: Reading Orhan Pamuk's Istanbul: Memories and the City.
Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, October 2009. ?The Grand Canyon Upside Down?: Some Notes on Water and History in Imperial County, California.
Duke ? UNC-CH Graduate Islamic Studies Conference, April 2009. The Body in Place: Intersections of Faith, Identity, and Place in the Mughal Atelier.
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