PhD Candidate

I am a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Boston University. I work at the intersection of work, occupations, and organizations by adopting a cultural sociology lens to examine topics of social inequality.

My dissertation, “The Self-Taught Economy: Open-Access and Inclusion in the Tech Industry,” studies how aspiring developers without a computer science degree make sense and use open-access to coding skills initiatives to get jobs in tech. I adopt a longitudinal perspective and use multiple methods (including surveys, in-depth interviews, and digital ethnography and observations) to understand how open access to coding initiatives may alter or not the existing regimes of inequalities and make tech more or less diverse.

I am also a recipient of the 2022 American Sociological Association Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (ASA-DDRIG).

As part of my broader interest in understanding postindustrial work dynamics, my previous projects focused on eldercare work from the perspective of labor practices and the relational production of inequalities.

I presented my research at various academic meetings in the US, Canada, and Europe, including American Sociological Association (ASA), European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), Eastern Sociological Society (ESS), and European Sociological Association (ESA). I am also a 2022 Medici Summer School Fellow and an avid member of Precarity Lab since its launch in 2020.

I hold both a B.A. and an M.A. in sociology from Bogazici University, Turkey.

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