Aslı Iğsız is Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Iğsız earned her B.A. from Boğaziçi University, Turkey (1993). She earned an M.A. in French Literature at Hacettepe University, Turkey (1996); an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2000); and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan (2007).
Iğsız's research interests are multidisciplinary and mainly focus on the nineteenth and twentieth-century Ottoman and Turkish contexts and address a wide variety of issues. Her current book project, Human Ruins: Dynamics of Multiculturalism and Greco-Turkish Memory Zones in Contemporary Turkey, undertakes a multidisciplinary approach and explores cultural memory and representation and politics of “multiculturalism” in post-1980 military coup era Turkey, with a special focus on Greco-Turkish shared heritage and the culture of “minority.”
Previously, Iğsız served as Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and as Visiting Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University, Canada. She gave invited talks and published and presented her work in a wide range of forums. She has also received numerous grants and awards, including the Václav Havel Dissertation Award, American Research Institute in Turkey, and Confluence: Center for Creative Inquiry—the Humanities Center at Arizona. She was also awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in International Humanities (Mediterranean Studies) at Brown University, and a postdoctoral research fellowship in "Europe and the Middle East" at Wissenschaftskolleg, Free University of Berlin.