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Gizem Zencirci

Associate Professor

Contact Information:


Howley Hall 315


Ph.D. - Political Science, University of Massachusetts

Brief Biography:

I am an assistant professor of political science at Providence College (since 2013). I received my PhD in political science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2013.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Middle East Politics, Turkish politics, Islamic political movements, charity and philanthropy, globalization, religion and politics, gender, humanitarianism and development.

Selected Publications:

Zencirci, G. (2019) Affective Politics of Structural Adjustment: "Cruel Optimism" and Turhan Selcuk's Cartoons in Turkey (1983-1986) . Journal of Social History.(53), 53-75.

Zencirci, G. (2015) From Property to Civil Society: The Historical Transformation of Vakifs in Modern Turkey (1923-2013). International Journal of Middle East Studies.(47),

Zencirci, G. (2015) Illusory Debates: How the "Sadaka Culture" Discourse Masked the Rise of Social Assistance in Turkey. Asian Journal of Social Science.(43), 125-150.

Zencirci, G. (2014) Civil Society's History: New Constructions of Ottoman Heritage by the Justice and Development Party in Turkey. European Journal of Turkish Studies.(19),

Zencirci, G. (2008) The Headscarf in Turkey in the Public and State Spheres. Middle Eastern Studies.(44), 791-806.

Selected Presentations:

Zencirci, G. Middle East Studies Association Conference. , San Antonio, Texas - "Good Governance According to islamic NGOs: Technical Expertise of Political Autonomy?" November, 2018

Zencirci, G. North East Middle East Politics Working Group. Harvard University, Boston - "Populist Reform and Social Assistance" May, 2018

Zencirci, G. International Studies Association Annual Meeting. , San Francisco, CA - "Islamic Self-Help Books and the Muslim Individual" April, 2018

Zencirci, G. Middle East Studies Association. , Washington, DC - "Paper: Pro-Poor and Pro-Market? Market Islam and New Politics of Islamic Generosity in Turke" November, 2014

Zencirci, G. Middle East Studies Association. , Washington, DC - "Session Chair: Neoliberal Politics of Charity in the Middle East" November, 2014

Zencirci, G. POMEPS: Islamic Social Services Workshop . , Washington D.C. - "Neoliberal Islam and Emergent Forms of Social Service Provision in Turkey" September, 2014

Zencirci, G. Inter-Asians Connections IV. Social Science Research Council, Istanbul, Turkey - "A Neoliberal ‘Logic of Relief’ or a Post-neoliberal ‘Logic of Rights’? An Analysis of the Welfare Regime in Turkey " , 2013

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