Global Think In Istanbul

AYŞE BUĞRA | Ayşe Buğra is a professor of political economy and social policy at Boğazici University. After graduating from Robert College of Istanbul, she continued her education at Boğaziçi University and Laval University. She received her PhD in economics from McGill University. Prof. Buğra has co-founded the Social Policy Forum of Boğaziçi University with Prof. Caglar Keyder, serving as the chair of the steering committee until 2016. At the Social Policy Forum, she initiated and conducted studies on comparative social policy, inequality, poverty, and different foundations of social solidarity. She has also researched and published in the fields of history and methodology of economics, and business history. Her latest book is New Capitalism in Turkey: The Relationship between Politics, Religion and Business (co-authored with Osman Savaşkan).
KORAY ÇALIŞKAN | Koray Caliskan is an associate professor of political science at Boğazici University, where he now works on political parties, marketization and authoritarianism. He received his PhD with distinction from New York University, earning the Malcolm Kerr Social Science Award from the Middle East Studies Association. Previously, Caliskan worked as a columnist on politics in Radikal and BirGün newspapers and as a program host for Haberturk and +1TV in Istanbul. His book Market Threads analyzes international trade and global markets, particularly in Turkey, Egypt, and the United States (Princeton University Press, 2011). He owns a film production company where he directed and produced various fiction and documentary films, including “In Flames”, a popular political comedy on the Kurdish question, which opened in 200 theatres in Europe and the Middle East, and “The Last Peasants of Avshar”, available on Al Jazeera World.
EDHEM ELDEM | Edhem Eldem is a professor at the Department of History of Boğaziçi University. He has also taught at Berkeley, Harvard, Columbia, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, the Ecole Normale Supérieure, He was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. His fields of interest include the Levant trade, funerary epigraphy, Istanbul, the Ottoman Bank, the history of archaeology, Ottoman first-person narratives, Ottoman Westernization, and Ottoman photography.
IPEK CEM TAHA (MODERATOR) | İpek Cem Taha is a Turkish entrepreneur, journalist, and an active board member of several local and international organizations. İpek is the Founding Director of Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, serving since its inception in 2011. The Center works to build collaborative programs and projects that link Columbia University to Turkey, and the Istanbul Center to eight other Global Centers worldwide. Her mandates include programming on such issues as education, sustainability, peace and conflict resolution, women’s empowerment, social entrepreneurship, and public health as well as work on the history, culture and future of cities, specifically that of Istanbul.
ROGER COHEN | Roger Cohen is an author and journalist, currently working as a columnist for The New York Times and International New York Times. He has worked as a foreign correspondent in fifteen countries. In 2012, Cohen won the Lifetime Achievement award at the 8th annual International Media Awards in London. His most recent book is The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family (Knopf, 2015).
PATRICIA CULLIGAN | Patricia Culligan is Professor of Civil Engineering, Associate Director of the Columbia Data Science Institute, and a CGT member. Dr. Culligan’s principal fields of interest include geoenvironmental engineering, porous media flow and transport, urban sustainability, and geotechnical centrifuge modeling. Her current research focuses on experimental and theoretical modeling of problems involving subsurface non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) transport and remediation, colloid transport in porous media, unsaturated flows, and alternative strategies for urban water and wastewater management. Dr. Culligan is the author or co-author of over 100 technical articles, including two books, three book chapters, and over 60 refereed journal and conference proceedings.
CAROL GLUCK (MODERATOR) | Carol Gluck is the George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University, specializing in the history of modern Japan, international relations, and public memory. Her books include Japan's Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period, Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon, and her forthcoming Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory. She is currently Co-chair of the Trustees Emeriti of the Asia Society, member of the Board of Directors of the Japan Society and the Weatherhead Foundation, elected Councilor of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and member of the American Philosophical Society and the Council on Foreign Relations. A nationally and internationally known scholar and public intellectual, she is the recipient of many honors, including the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese government. An award-winning teacher, she has taught undergraduates, graduate and professional school students at Columbia for more than four decades. She is a founding member, and now chair, of Columbia's Committee on Global Thought.
TURKU ISIKSEL | N. Turkuler Isiksel is the James P. Shenton Assistant Professor of the Core Curriculum at the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. Her work focuses on the ways in which descriptive and normative categories tailored to the nation-state apply to institutions that wield political power beyond that context. These themes are explored in her most recent publication, Europe’s Functional Constitution: A Theory of Constitutionalism beyond the State (Oxford University Press, 2016).
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