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Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Literature and Culture of 19th- and 20th-Century Britain; Aesthetics; Narrative Theory; Science and its Rhetoric; Color Theory; Digital Humanities; Writing Pedagogy; Queer Theory
Lecturer/Fellow in Civic, Liberal, and Global Education
BioIrmak Yazici is a Lecturer and Fellow in the Civic, Liberal, Global Education (COLLEGE) Program at Stanford University. Her research broadly focuses on secularism in global and comparative politics. Irmak’s dissertation, entitled “Seeing through Secularism: What Religious Controversies Can Tell in India and Turkey,” provides a comparative historical analysis of secularism through an investigation of the links between religious controversies and nationalist discourses in these countries. More specifically, her dissertation outlines how secular law and policies have controlled speech in the public sphere and discusses the ways in which such control legitimized religious nationalist ideologies. Irmak is currently working on a book project that details this complex overlap between secularism, democracy, and religious nationalism.
Prior to her appointment at Stanford, Irmak was a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (2014–2022). She designed and taught a broad range of courses, including courses on religion and constitutional law in the United States, the politics of the media, environmental law and politics, American politics, global/comparative politics, and political inquiry/analysis. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa as the Center’s Coordinator (2018–2022).
Irmak is a Fulbright alumna (2012–2014) and her research received funding from the American Political Science Association (APSA), International Studies Association (ISA), and Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution.
Lecturer in Civic, Liberal, and Global Education
BioJohn Young is a lecturer in Civic, Liberal and Global Education (COLLEGE). John completed his Bachelor's at Dartmouth College before earning his M.S. and PhD in Political Science at Stanford University.
John’s research focuses on the built environment, and brings together scholarship from political theory, geography, economics, and psychology. Three big questions orient his work. How does the built environment affect the people who live in and move through it? How do laws, economics, and technology produce the built environment we have? Finally, do people have normative and political entitlements to physical space, and if so, what are they and how can they be secured in public space, private space, and with land-use policy?
John also works as a carpenter, building and repairing residential structures. John finds it deeply rewarding to help people enjoy their home and get more practical use from it, putting theory and practice together to create built environments conducive to human flourishing.