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Neşe Kaya Özkan

About Neşe Kaya Özkan

I am a  Ph.D. student 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 language ideologies, identity construction, ethnic-linguistic activism and national belonging and dis-belonging among Hemshin people in Turkey. 

Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona

  • 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 endangerment, nationalism and ethnicity, identity and belonging, language documentation

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Contact Information

Graduate Associate
Office: Haury 120
Office Hours: Th 3:00pm-5:00pm


BA (2008) Foreign Language Education, Bogazici University, Istanbul-Turkey

MA (2011) Linguistics, Bogazici University, Istanbul-Turkey

MA (2014) Cultural Studies, Sabanci University, Istanbul-Turkey