Basak Durgun

Contact Information

photo of Basak Durgun025 MacMillan Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-1278


Visiting Assistant Professor
Global and Intercultural Studies (American Studies)


PhD, George Mason University
MA, Istanbul Bilgi University
BA, The Ohio State University


Since 2011, Dr. Durgun has taught several undergraduate courses in a variety of programs, such as School of Integrative Studies, Cultural Studies, Global Affairs, and Women and Gender Studies. Dr. Durgun incorporates experiential learning components in all of her courses to create learning opportunities with long-lasting impact.

At Miami University, Dr. Durgun is teaching American Studies courses such as America: Global and Intercultural Perspectives, Introduction to American Studies, and American Identities.


Dr. Basak Durgun has a dynamic research program anchored in urban ethnography and critical geography. She applies qualitative methods to analyze social and spatial dynamics in global cities and regions directly influenced by urban expansion. She pays particular attention to new social movements and community activism as they transform landscapes and shape the popular, political and scholarly discourses.

In her dissertation research, titled "Cultural Politics of Urban Green Spaces: The Production and Reorganization of Istanbul's Parks and Gardens," Durgun examined how competing social actors, such as the state, urban planning and architecture professionals, social movements, gardeners and real estate developers, invest in and govern various urban green spaces in Istanbul. Her research has taken her to community gardens, historic market-gardens parks, and gated communities across Istanbul, allowing her to make unique connections across several sites and map out the various roles urban green spaces have in the larger landscape and governance of Istanbul.

Her dissertation research has been supported by several grants and fellowships, such as Institute of Turkish Studies Dissertation Completion Grant, Mellon Fellowship in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Library and Collection, and George Mason University Office of the Provost research and writing grants.

For a snippet of her research see, Building Community, Cultivating Hope and Imaging the Future in Istanbul: The (short) story of Roma Bostan.

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