Dr. Yesil earned her M.A. degree in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with full funding from the Fulbright Program, and completed her doctoral studies in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. Before joining CSI, she taught media and communication at New York University, New School University, and Sabanci University (Istanbul, Turkey). Dr. Yesil’s research interests include Turkish media, globalization, media and cultural regulation, censorship, surveillance and privacy.  At CSI, Dr. Yesil teaches Introduction to Media, Introduction to Communication, Communication Theories, Media Analysis, Media Industries, Global Media, and History and Theory of Advertising and Public Relations.


PhD, New York University

MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Scholarship / Publications

Dr. Yesil is the author of Video Surveillance: Power and Privacy in Everyday Life (2009), which analyzes the socio-political dimensions of the proliferation of video surveillance in the U.S in the 1990s and 2000s and contributes to the debates surrounding technology, control, and privacy. Her work has also appeared in journals (Communication, Culture and Critique, Cultural Studies, Media History, Journal of Popular Cultural), edited anthologies and online publications. She is currently completing her second manuscript, The Turkish Model? Media, Democracy and the Neoliberal Islamist State for the University of Illinois Press. In this book, she uses media (primarily television, press and the Internet) as points of access to understand the changing relationships between state, market and religion in Turkey, and to explore the underlying domestic and international dynamics behind these changes and their global import. Dr. Yesil has been the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, a Dissertation Research Grant from the National Science Foundation and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, and presents her research at national and international conferences.