I study the political, legal, and intellectual history of modern Turkey.
I hold a PhD in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Washington and a Cand.mag. in Political Science and Turkish and an MA in Turkish Studies from the University of Oslo. During my studies I also benefited from Turkish language and history classes at Bosphorus (Boğaziçi) University in Istanbul and Arabic classes at the Harvard Summer School and at the CASA program at AUC in Cairo.
I am currently working on a book manuscript on the politics of exceptional law—martial law, states of emergency, and political trials—in Turkey, covering a period from the 1930s until shortly after the 1980 military coup d'état. Some of my journal articles on this topic are listed below.
In addition, I am in the beginning stages of a project that deals with the reception of cybernetics and systems theory among Turkish intellectuals during the Cold War. The project brings strands from my previous research on Turkish law and lawyers into contact with other fields of thinking and writing, in particular computer science, philosophy, psychiatry, religion and (science-) fiction. I have so far published a book chapter on a Turkish sci-fi play by the Turkish lawyer-philosopher Toygar Akman: “The Electronic Brain: A Missing Link in Turkish Science Fiction.” In Building Bridges to Turkish: Essays in Honour of Bernt Brendemoen, 225–44. Turcologica 116. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
Winner of the 2012 Babylon award for the article "Politikk og kriminalitet i det nye Tyrkia" ("Politics and Crime in the New Turkey").