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Balaban, Utku

Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Amherst College


Utku Balaban is a visiting associate professor at Amherst College’s Anthropology and Sociology Department. He taught at Ankara University in Turkey until 2017 when the government expelled and blacklisted him, because he signed a declaration as known as the Peace Petition to protest the lethal violence by government forces against the Kurdish civilians in 2015. Balaban’s research focuses on urban politics, industrial relations, and social policy. In addition to his books on industrialization and social policy, his articles are published in journals such as Urban Studies and Environment and Planning A. Balaban’s current work focuses on the relationship of late urbanization and industrialization with the rise of Islamism in Turkey.

DISCIPLINE
Sociology
SUB AREAS
Urban Studies   
Political Economy   
Development   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Turkey   
Egypt   
Iran   
Tunisia   
SPECIALTIES
Urbanization, Industrialization, Social Policy   
LANGUAGES
Turkish (Native)   
English (Advanced)   
German (Fluent)   
EDUCATION
BA2003Political Science and International RelationsBogazici University
BA2003SociologyBogazici University
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