I am an Assistant Professor at Abdullah Gül University in Turkey. I received my Ph.D in Developmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and both my B.A. and M.A. from Ankara University in Turkey. My research focuses on the interactions children and young people actively develop with their immediate surroundings, different social entities and culture. From the very beginning of my career as a researcher, my biggest academic goal has been to connect our science to human lives across a broad variety of sociocultural settings through multidisciplinary approaches. Only by expanding its horizons and welcoming diverse and innovative methodologies social sciences can examine patterns of change. Two kinds of change have been important to me: 1) change in how children live their lives, 2) change in how people conceptualize children’s lives. These two inquiries led me to be part of many interdisciplinary studies conducted in very distinct cultural and international contexts. Currently, I am especially interested in the ways parents and children use social media, more specifically, visual narratives. I’m a product of public school from kindergarten to graduate school and I teach at a public university.
Of course, what I wrote above is related to my formal education and professional career. I’d like to believe I’m much more than what school and science have taught me to be.