2015: Jenny White
“The Turkish Complex: Big Man, Hero, Traitor, State”
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.
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.