Nese Kaya Ozkan

Nese Kaya Ozkan

Graduate Associate

About Neşe Kaya Özkan

I am a  Ph.D. candidate in Linguistic Anthropology program at the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the School of Anthropology, I completed my BA degree in Foreign Language Education at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey in 2008. I received my first MA degree at the same university in Linguistics Program in 2011 with a thesis focusing on the ethnic identity formation of second and third generation Cretan immigrants whose ancestors were subjected to a population exchange between Greece and Turkey in the 1920s. For my second MA degree which I received from Sabanci University in 2014 in Cultural Studies, I have shifted my focus to the study of language, ethnic identity, and nationalism. My Master’s research examined the relationship between language and identity construction among Turkish and Hemshin bilingual Hemshin speakers living predominantly in the northeastern Turkey. For my Ph.D. research, I focus on linguistic and environmental change and politics of language and the environment among Hemshin people in Turkey. 

Courses Taught

  • Teaching AssistantSchool of Anthropology, University of Arizona


  • ANTH 150: Race, Ethnicity, and the American Dream (Spring 2020)
  • ANTH 150:Race, Ethnicity, and the American Dream (Fall 2020)
  • ANTH 150: Many Ways of Being Human (Spring 2019)
  • ANTH/GWS/LING 303 Gender and Language (Fall 2019)
  • ANTH 315: World Ethnography (Summer 2019)
  • ANTH 150: Many Ways of Being Human (Spring 2019)
  • ANTH 200: Cultural Anthropology (Fall 2018)
  • ANTH/GWS/LING 303: Gender and Language (Fall 2018)
  • ANTH 150: Race, Ethnicity, and the American Dream (Spring 2018)
  • ANTH/GWS/LING 303: Gender and Language (Fall 2017)
  • ANTH 150B1 Globalization: Ways of Being Human (Spring 2017)

Research Interests

Language ideologies, linguistic and environmental change, politics of language revitalization and environmental activism, nationalism and ethnicity, identity and belonging, language documentation