Gamze comes to the States for her PhD with a fellowship from the Institution of Higher Education in Turkey. She completed both her B.A. and M.A. in the Department of American Culture and Literature at Ankara University where she has a tenure position. Gamze is interested in immigrant cultures and immigrant literatures of the 19th century, whiteness, and economics of identity formation. She finds the subject of state institutions such as prisons, asylums, reformation houses and poor houses very interesting, and hopes to bring Foucauldian notions of incarceration and monitoring of the other into her studies.
Gamze enjoys downtown walks, some good beer and the friendship of her Lawrence group! She is also very happy and proud to be a part of KU American Studies.