Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Writing
Banu Nilgün Uygun received her BA in Political Science and International Relations from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey in 1992. She continued her studies in political theory and international relations in the graduate program in Political Science at the University of Minnesota after which she switched to Anthropology. She holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University. Her dissertation research, set in a northeastern province in Turkey, was an ethnographic study of the relations between migrant women from the former Soviet Union and local men. Through a focus on these relations that ranged from commercial sex to marriage, Nilgün explored the intersections between sexuality, gender and neo-liberal globalization. She is the author of "Post-socialist scapes of desire and economy: the case of Turkey" published in Focaal-European Journal of Anthropology in 2004. Her scholarly interests include gender and sexuality studies, culture and political economy, globalization, and modern Turkey.
B.A., Bogazici University
Ph.D., Duke University