Jenny B. White

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Jenny B. White

Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies

j-whiteOffice: 232 Bay State Road, #410

Office Phone: 617-353-7709

Fall Office Hours:

On Sabbatical Fall 15′

Dr. Jenny B. White has authored numerous articles on Turkey and lectures internationally on topics ranging from political Islam and civil society to ethnic identity and gender issues. Dr. White has just published a book on contemporary Turkish nationalism and Islam (Muslim Nationalists and the New Turks [2012, Princeton University press]). She has been following events in Turkey since the mid-1970s. All of her books have been translated into Turkish.

Dr. White is the former president of the Turkish Studies Association and of the American Anthropological Association Middle East Section, and sits on the board of the Institute of Turkish Studies. She has received numerous grants and fellowships from, among others, the Social Science Research Council, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and Fulbright-Hays. She is author of Muslim Nationalists and the New Turks (2012, Princeton University press), Islamist Mobilization in Turkey: A Study in Vernacular Politics (2002, winner of the 2003 Douglass Prize for best book in Europeanist anthropology) and Money Makes Us Relatives: Women’s Labor in Urban Turkey (second edition, London: Routledge, 2004). Dr. White is Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Stockholm, for 2013-2014.

She also has written three historical novels set in nineteenth-century Istanbul, The Sultan’s Seal (2006), The Abyssinian Proof (2008), and The Winter Thief . The Sultan’s Seal, translated into fifteen languages, was named one of the top ten first novels of 2006 by Booklist and was shortlisted for the 2006 Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award.

View Dr. White’s CV.

View Dr. White’s homepage.
Visit Dr. White’s blog.

Video of Dr. White’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, July 13, 2013


  • AN 220 Urban Anthropology
  • AN 317/717 Power and Society in the Middle East
  • AN 307/707 Turkey and Middle East Perspectives


PhD University of Texas at Austin
MA Social Psychology, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
BA City University of New York

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