I am Mark Helmke Postdoctoral Scholar in Global Media, Development, and Democracy at the Center for International Media Assistance and Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies. I studied sociology (PhD) at Columbia University and, before that, public and international affairs (AB) at Princeton University.
My research focuses on cross-cultural communication and its mediators, particularly in the Turkish- and Persian-speaking world. My PhD dissertation, currently under revision into a book manuscript, is an ethnography on the roles and strategies of “fixers” who broker communication between foreign journalists and sources in Turkey, demonstrating how they shape the news and manage their ambivalent position between cultural and moral worlds.
I am also interested in media production, including documentary film and photography and the use of audiovisual and interactive media to communicate scholarly and policy-relevant ideas. I have published mixed media visual/written essays on Afghanistan and Turkey and done multimedia work for music and theater companies Morningside Opera, Wet Ink Ensemble, and Siren Baroque. My first feature-length documentary, which deals with assistive communication technology and its role in the life of an ALS patient (my mom), is currently in post-production.