Dr. Gülay Türkmen
Gülay Türkmen is a political sociologist examining how macro-scale historical, cultural and political developments inform questions of belonging and identity-formation in multicultural societies. Her research interests stand at the intersection of politics and religion, as they relate to questions of identity, migration, diversity, and citizenship.
Thereby, her research focuses on how religious, ethnic and national identities intersect, intertwine and compete with each other in different political and social contexts. She also conducts research on cultural politics of nationalism and national identity formation through a comparative-historical lens. She mainly employs qualitative methods, such as interviews, participant observation, historical institutional analysis, and discourse analysis. In addition to academic publications she occasionally writes opinion pieces for non-academic outlets.
Gülay Türkmen received her PhD in Sociology from Yale University in 2016. Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Graz's Centre for Southeast European Studies and a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Her book, Under the Banner of Islam: Turks, Kurds, and the Limits of Religious Unity, came out from Oxford University Press in February 2021. For further information about my research please see her CV.
- Turkmen, Gulay, and Shai Dromi. 2020. "What Does Trauma Have to Do with Politics? Cultural Trauma and the Displaced Founding Political Elites of Israel and Turkey." The Sociological Quarterly 61(1): 22-41.
- Turkmen, Gulay and Sinem Adar. 2019. “Populism beyond the West: Dissonant Diversities and Fragmented Politics”. New Diversities 21(2).
- Turkmen, Gulay. 2019. "Civil War and Religion: Turkey". Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, edited by Paul Djupe and Gunes Murat Tezcur.
- Turkmen, Gulay. 2018. "Negotiating Symbolic Boundaries in Conflict Resolution: Religion and Ethnicity in Turkey's Kurdish Conflict". Qualitative Sociology 41: 569-591.
- Turkmen, Gulay and Hayri Kirbasoglu. 2018. “Political Islam in Turkey.” Pp. 93-106 in Authoritarianism and Resistance in Turkey: Conversations on Democratic and Social Challenges, edited by Esra Ozyurek, Emrah Altindis, Gaye Ozpinar. Switzerland: Springer International.
- Turkmen-Dervisoglu, Gulay. 2013. “Coming to Terms with a Difficult Past: The Trauma of the Assassination of Hrant Dink and Its Repercussions on Turkish National Identity”. Nations and Nationalism, 19 (4): 674-692.
- Gorski, Philip and Gulay Turkmen-Dervisoglu. 2013. “Religion, Nationalism and Violence: An Integrated Approach.” Annual Review of Sociology, 39: 193-210.
- Gorski, Philip and Gulay Turkmen-Dervisoglu. 2012. “Religion, Nationalism, and International Security: Creation Myths and Social Mechanisms.” Pp. 136-148 in the Routledge Handbook of Religion and Security. Eds. Chris Seiple, Dennis Hoover and Pauletta Otis.
- Turkmen-Dervisoglu, Gulay. 2011. “Lebanon: Parody of A Nation? A Closer Look at Lebanese Confessionalism.” Yale Review of International Affairs, 2(1): 61-72.