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Dr. Deniz Yonucu


Deniz Yonucu received her PhD in Social Anthropology from Cornell University. Her teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of anthropology, law and society studies, and urban studies, with a focus on the Middle East and Europe. More specifically, her work focuses on urban violence, crime, anti-terror laws, counterinsurgency and policing, sectarianism, and human rights. Situating current policing practices within the wider context of the Cold War counterinsurgency tactics which are informed by colonial school of warfare, she illustrates in her first book manuscript, Police, Provocation, Politics: Revolutionaries and Counterinsurgency in Istanbul, how counterinsurgency works to inform and shape dissent. Before joining the “Social Movements, Technology, Conflicts” research group at TU- Berlin, Dr. Yonucu was a DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor (W2) in the Department of Anthropology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. She held research positions as a 2015-17 EUME Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, and as a Newton-Katip Celebi fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Deniz Yonucu’s research was funded by various institutions including the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the British Council’s Newton Fund, and SALT Research. Her work appeared in Critical Times: Interventions in Global Political Theory, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Studies, Social & Legal Studies, Berkeley Journal of Sociology, among others. She has also published various op-ed articles related to her area of research on openDemocracy, Jadaliyya, PoLAR Forum and beyond.

Akademischer Werdegang
Art der Tätigkeit
Einstein Research Fellow, Center for Technology and Society Area “Social Movements, Technology, Conflicts”, Technische Universität Berlin.
Research Fellow, Critical Thinking Residency Program, Freie Universität Berlin and Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin
Visiting Assistant Professor in Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilian Universität, Munich
Adjunct Lecturer in Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient and Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin
Frühjahr 2015
Visiting Scholar, London School of Economics and Political Science, European Institute
Assistant Professor in Sociology, Beykent University
Ph.D. in Anthropology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Teaching Assistant, Cornell University, NY
M.A. in Social Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
M.A. in Sociology, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
Research Assistant, Boğaziçi University
B.A. in Sociology (Ranking the 1st), Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul
Under Contract  (Book)
Police, Provocation, Politics: Revolutionaries and Counterinsurgency in Istanbul
(Cornell University Press, Police/Worlds: Studies in Security, Crime, and Governance Series)
Yonucu, D. (2021): ". Inspirational Hauntings and a Fearless Spirit of Resistance: Negotiating the Undercover Police Surveillance of Racialized Spaces in Istanbul” Current Anthropology.
Yonucu, D. (2021): "Counterinsurgency in Istanbul: provocative counterorganization, violent interpellation and sectarian fears." British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (2021): 1-19
Yonucu, D.; Suciyan,T (2020): “From the Ottoman Empire to post-1923: The Catastrophe as seen by the Angel of History” Critical Times: Interventions in Global Political Theory. 3 (2): 300-311.
Review of Genocide Never Sleeps. Cambridge University Press, 2019, Eltringham, Nigel. Allegralab.
Urban Vigilantism: A study of Anti-terror Law, Politics, and Policing in Istanbul. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 42 (3): 408-422. (Selected for Authors Meet Critics, 2018).
The Absent Present Law: An Ethnographic Study of Legal Violence in Turkey. Social & Legal Studies, 27 (6): 716-733.
Affect in the Courtroom: Beyond Language and Performance. The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 50 (3): 356-357. (Invited Commentary)
Interview with Tanıl Bora: “State and Civilian Violence Against ‘Dangerous’ Others” in Esra Özyürek, Emrah Altındiş, and Gaye Özpınar (eds.) Authoritarianism and Resistance in Turkey: Conversations on Democratic and Social Challenges. Cham: Springer. 229-235.
Şehir, Egemenlik ve Çatışma Mekanları [City, Sovereignty and Conflict Zones]. Toplum ve Bilim, 146: 62-71.
Sömürgeci Şehircilik Biçiminin Mirası ve Siyasi Olanın Kültüre Tercümesi: Paris’in Banliyöleri ve Gazze örnekleri [The Legacy of the Colonial Urbanism: Paris’s banlieues and Gaza] Iktisat Dergisi, No. 526: 75-95.
Türkiye'de Bir Yönetim Biçimi Olarak Mekansal Ayrıştırma: Tehlikeli Mahalleler, Olağanüstü Hal ve Militarist Sınır Çizimi” [Spatial Segregation as a Technology of Governance in Turkey: Dangerous Neighborhoods, State of Emergency and the Drawing of Militarized Boundaries.] in Yeni Istanbul Çalışmaları [New Istanbul Studies] edited by Ayfer Bartu Candan & Cenk Özbay, Metis, 2014. 57-78.
Co-authored with Zeynep Gönen “Legitimizing Violence and Segregation: Neoliberal Discourses on Crime and Criminalization of Urban Poor Populations in Turkey” in Lumpen-City: Discourses of Marginality | Marginalizing Discourse, Editors
Capitalism, Desperation and Urgency. Red Thread Online Journal, Issue III.
A Story of a Squatter Neighborhood: From the place of the ‘dangerous classes’ to the ‘place of danger’ Berkeley Journal of Sociology. Volume 52: 50-72. (Invited Paper)
Co-authored with Meltem Ahıska, Zafer Yenal and Enis Köstepen “İnsan Haklarının Öznesi Olmak için” [The Subject of Human Rights] in Hikayemi Dinler misin? Tanıklarla Türkiye’de İnsan Hakları ve Sivil Toplum, Istanbul: Toplumsal Tarih Vakfı. 3-25.

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