Zeynep Ozgen

Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA Bogazici University; PhD University of California, Los Angeles

Research Areas: Political sociology; Social movements; Culture

Zeynep Ozgen received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California Los Angeles in 2014. She is a political sociologist with research and teaching interests in social movements, culture, social theory, and the Middle East. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Turkey on religious mobilization, ethnic relations, and minority rights.

Her current research project is an ethnographic and historical study of Islamist movements that use official and unofficial religious education sites to implement a quiet, gradual, and remarkably robust project of sociopolitical Islamization in Turkey since the late 1970s.

Her other research explores how ethnic boundaries survive despite nationalist and assimilationist state policies. An article from this research, “Maintaining ethnic boundaries in “non-ethnic” contexts: constructivist theory and the sexual reproduction of diversity” appeared in Theory and Society (2015). She has previously held fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-Hays/IIE, the American Council for Learned Societies, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Council for European Studies.

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