Bahçesehir University, Istanbul
Prof. Nilufer Narli, Chair
Department of Sociology
Professor Nilufer Narli holds a degree in Education with a major in Philosophy and minor in Sociology; and MSc in Humanities with a major in Logic, the Philosophy of Science and Philosophy from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences with a major in Political Sociology from the School of Comparative Social Sciences, University Sains Malaysia.
Prof. Narlı is Chairperson of the Department of Sociology and Professor of Political Sociology at Bahçeşehir University. She is also founding director of the The Center for Health, Society, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHSBPS) at Bahçeşehir University.
Prof. Narli’s topics of interest in research and teaching include the following:
Islamist movements in the Middle East and Southeast Asia; political participation of Muslim women; irregular migration (including human smuggling and trafficking) in the Middle East and the Balkans; EU Harmonization Reforms: military and good governance in Turkey; political memory in Turkey; and Syrian refugees and gender.
Narli has a strong background in cooperation with the European Union and USA research institutions. Prof. Narli was selected as an Eisenhower Fellow from Turkey in 1993. She was granted Best of Middle East Research Fund by the Ford Foundation in 1992. She was visiting scholar at the University of Maryland in the summer of 2007.
Prof. Narli has undertaken several research projects, among them the most recent one is a TUBITAK sponsored project titled, “Political Memory in Turkey” (2013-2015). Narli directed a research project on Syrian refugees in Turkey, gender and health in 2016-2018.