Born in Ankara, I spent most of my formative years in Istanbul, earning a BA in Economics and Management from Istanbul Bilgi University. In 2005, I moved to Belgium to study European Studies at KU Leuven. After being welcomed by the wonderful Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, I arrived in Amsterdam in 2006. Having completed a research Masters and a PhD at the University of Amsterdam, I am currently employed at the Amsterdam University College (AUC).

At AUC, I am part of the core faculty, as part of the Humanities department and tutoring. I am currently teaching the following courses:

  • Theme Course: Introduction to Cities and Cultures (with Dr. Pedram Dibazar)
  • Media & Communication (with Dr. Alexandra Brown)
  • New Media Literacies
  • Media Lab (with Dr. Alexandra Brown and Huan Hsu)
  • Perspectives on Games
  • Game Studies: Gender at Play

In addition, I am part of Studio Zeytin, in collaboration with my partner, in life and other such things, Canan Marasligil.

Presenting my research on Wikipedia at the Wikimedia Nederland Conference, 2013. Photo Credit: Sebastiaan ter Burg

Presenting my research on Wikipedia at the Wikimedia Nederland Conference, 2013. Photo Credit: Sebastiaan ter Burg

In my academic work, I am primarily fascinated by the unique potential of new media platforms to challenge social and cultural norms and the new skills they instill in us. In my dissertation, I presented an overview of how Wikipedia challenges and engages with the two millennia old encyclopedic tradition of the West. My work on serial nature of knowledge in encyclopedias was featured in Serialization in Popular Culture by Routledge.

I am also ever-curious about further investigating popular culture and media that excites me. I have presented several conference papers on comics and video games and a chapter I co-wrote with my doctoral supervisor Joyce Goggin was included in a collection titled Imagining Global Amsterdam by the Amsterdam University Press.