PhD Candidate Sociocultural Anthropology

Matriculated September 2019

Research Interests

Former Soviet Union, humanitarianism, culture and mental health, death and dying, sovereignties .


Leyla is currently researching socio-cultural legacies and consequences of the Nagono-Karabakh war in Azerbaijan, including through a focus on the emergence of alternative forms of knowledge as well as gendered experiences of uncertainty. Her research centers what is not-known to emphasize the importance of inquiring into how we don’t know what we don’t know. Thus, she is centering the absence of evidence, the impossibility of full knowledge, and uncertainty in her inquiries.

Awards & Grants *amounts redacted*

  • Long-Term GRAF. (Fall 2022 & Spring 2023).
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant. (2022). 
  • Summer Graduate Intern; Office of the Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS), and the Center for Innovation in Social Science (CISS). (2022).
  • American Ethnological Society (AES) Small Grant for Ethnographic research. (2020-2021).
  • Boston University Dean’s Fellowship (Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020). 


  • forthcoming