I am a fifth-year PhD candidate in the department of political science at Rutgers University where I major in Women and Politics. My dissertation research focuses on the intersection of age and gender in candidate recruitment and selection. I am advised by Dr. Mona Lena Krook.
Since 2019, I have also served as the lead graduate research assistant on the Young Elected Leaders Project at the Eagleton Institute of Politics' Center for Youth Political Participation. The project identifies young candidates and leaders across the United States and also works to understand how young leaders may be different than their older counterparts. I mentor two undergraduate Aresty researchers on this project; teaching them qualitative methodology including interviewing techniques and data analysis.
I earned my MSc. in International Political Economy from Istanbul Bilgi University in Istanbul, Turkey. My master's thesis focused on engendering measurements of internal party democracy and party procedures. I hold a BSc. in Anthropology with a minor in Women & Gender Studies from Montana State University, Bozeman.
I teach and assist courses in American and comparative politics. In my teaching I often focus on identity politics and political institutions. One of my favorite courses to teach is International Political Economy where I encourage students to see IPE both as tied to everyday life and through a gendered lens.
I am originally from a small town in Northern Michigan. I have moved a lot living in Montana, Jordan, and Turkey but I currently call Philadelphia, PA home. I live with my husband, Can, and our dog and cat, Ara and Kimora.
I love to travel, camp, and spend time with friends. Some of my most favorite memories and experiences have come from traveling, and meeting new people. I often bring my experiences of travel to the classroom and to my research. I encourage students to see as much of the world as they can and to incorporate their lived experiences in their education.