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Ozlem Goner

Associate Professor

Ozlem Goner is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the College of Staten Island, and Middle Eastern Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her book entitled, Turkish National Identity and its Outsiders: Memories of State Violence in Dersim, was published by Routledge in June 2017. Her research interests include social movements, with an attention to inter-sectional movements of the oppressed, feminist theory and movements, racial and ethnic relations, global capitalism, and qualitative research.  She has written academic and popular journal articles on the themes of state violence, social movements, gender and intersectionality, and anti-colonial self-determination. Her teaching aims to bridge academic and activist fields of knowledge production.  She is a steering committee member of the Emergency Committee for Rojava and a member of the Global Prison Abolitionist Collective. 


Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst

B.A. Bogazici University, Istanbul

Scholarship and Publications



  • “A Collective Memory in Production: Gender Politics of 1938 in Turkey.” Dialectical Anthropology. 43 (2) 2019. 207-231.   
  • “State Violence, Nature, and Primitive Accumulation: Dispossession in Dersim." Dialectical Anthropology.  (co-authored with Joseph Rebello), 41 (1) 2017. 33-54  
  • "Histories of 1938 in Turkey: Memory, Consciousness and Identity of Outsiderness." International Review of Qualitative Research, 9 (2). 2016. 228-260  
  • “Transformation of the Alevi Collective Identity.” Cultural Dynamics, 17 (2) 2005. 107-134  



  • "Alevi-State Relations in Turkey: Recognition and Remarginalization." In Voices of migration, Culture and Identity: Alevis in Turkey and Europe. Tozun Issa. Routledge (Advances in Sociology). 2016. 115-128   
  • "Recognition as a Relationship of Power and Struggle: The Governing of Kurds and Alevis in Turkey." In Citizenship, Belonging and Nation-States in the 21st Century. Nicole Stokes-DuPass and Ramona Fruja (eds.) London, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2016. 163-194   
  • “Iktidarin Farkli Yuzleri ve Alevi Kimliginin Donusumu.” In Turkiye’de Iktidari Yeniden Dusunmek. Murat Guney (ed.) Istanbul: Varlik Yayinlari. 2009. 255-284  
Associate Professor Ozlem Goner

Contact Information

Office: Building 4S Room 226
Fax: 718.982.3794