Şule Can received her PhD in Socio-cultural Anthropology from SUNY-Binghamton in 2018 with an award of Excellence in Research. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Nisantasi at and a Research Associate at Binghamton University. She received her BA in English Language Teaching and Literature from Istanbul University and Cologne University, Germany and her MA in Cultural Studies in 2011 from Istanbul, Turkey. Can is the recipient of a Fulbright doctoral scholarship, the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities Research Fellowship, the Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant. She has published various articles in English and Turkish in different journals such as Social Anthropology and on various topics ranging from materiality of sacred spaces to labor migration. She has been working with Syrian refugees in Turkey since 2013. She is one of the founders and the academic chair of the Research Institute for the Middle Eastern Arab Peoples in Turkey. Can’s research interests go beyond the academic endeavors, as she works with non-governmental organizations utilizing her research to advocate migrant rights in the global context. She is also a columnist writing on political activism and forced migration in Turkish language.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
border studies, migration studies, state violence, religious studies, Middle East and urban studies.
Şule is a yogi and a mother of a non-human beauty: Sophie- the dog. She does not treat coffee and wine as things to be consumed but as a philosophy and soul healing materiality.