Bilge Yesil


Bilge Yesil is a Professor of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island and an affiliate faculty member in Middle Eastern Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. She received her PhD from New York University in Media, Culture, and Communication and holds an MA in Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Yesil’s research expertise encompasses global media and communication, media in authoritarian systems, surveillance, ownership and regulation. She is the author of Video Surveillance: Power and Privacy in Everyday Life (2009), Media in New Turkey: The Origins of an Authoritarian Neoliberal State (2016), and Talking Back to the West: How Turkey Uses Counter-Hegemony to Reshape the Global Communication Order (2024), and a co-editor of The Handbook of Media and Culture in the Middle East (2023). 

She is an active member of two international research projects: Civilizationism Project and Global Media & Internet Concentration Project.

Prior to joining the College of Staten Island, Dr. Yesil taught at New York University, Sabanci University, and the New School. Her research and other scholarly activities have received support from the Graduate Center, the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and PSC-CUNY. Dr. Yesil is also a frequent contributor to international media, with interviews featured on Al Jazeera English, Democracy Now, and BBC Radio 5.


PhD, New York University

MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bilge Yesil

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