Bio


As Director of Finance & Operations at Stanford History, I manage the department's operational, financial, and human resources in close collaboration with department chair, vice chair, committees, and staff. My work primarily focuses on faculty affairs, budget forecasting & planning, and collaboration with internal and external entities. Before this role, I served as Associate Director in Stanford Global Studies Division, where I helped develop academic programming, communications strategy, and strategic planning for Center for South Asian Studies, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, and the Mediterranean Studies Forum. I also served as Associate Director of University Corporate & Foundation Relations, where I helped develop and implement a foundation relations plan across Stanford schools and in collaboration with faculty, university staff, and external partners.

Trained as a political and historical sociologist, I am interested in how power inequalities within and between communities shape, and are shaped by, the processes of identity formation and institution-building. My M.A. thesis at the University of Chicago explored how Turkey’s nationalist, Islamist, and feminist activists interacted with each other through the binarism of secular modernity and religious traditionalism, and thereby failed to challenge the predominant forms of discrimination within and beyond their particular communities. My dissertation at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor focused on the limits of power and resistance in the context of foreign assistance programs and examined the conjunctural negotiation of power disparities in the case of the Marshall Plan in Turkey. Some of my research on religion, nationalism, modernization, and gender appeared in academic journals and books.

I am an avid fan of Stanford Women's Basketball Team and an enthusiastic steward of a little free library. I enjoy reading about information technology, international relations, photography, and street art.

Current Role at Stanford


Director of Finance & Operations, History Department

Education & Certifications


  • BA, Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey), Political Science & Public Administration (1998)
  • MA, University of Chicago, Social Sciences (1999)
  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Sociology (2006)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work


  • Pre-major Advisor, Stanford University Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies

    Location

    Stanford, CA

  • Cardinal Service Connector, Stanford University Haas Center for Public Service

    Location

    Stanford, CA

  • Fulbright Fellowship Campus Reviewer, Stanford University Bechtel International Center Overseas Resource Center

    Location

    Stanford, CA

  • Mentor for Ph.D.s in the Humanities, Stanford Humanities Center

    Location

    Stanford, CA

  • Academic Manuscript Reviewer

    Interdisciplinary and social scientific journals such as Sociological Quarterly, Gender & Society, Theory, Society and Culture; Radical History Review, Women's History Review, English Historical Review, and Kadin/Woman 2000.

    Location

    United States/ Europe/ Turkey

  • Steward, Little Library #56024

    Location

    California

Professional Interests


Humanities & Social Sciences, Global Higher Education Administration, Program Management, Modernity/Modernization, Gender

Work Experience


  • Interim Associate Director, Center for South Asia, Stanford University (9/3/2018 - 6/3/2019)

    Location

    Stanford

  • Associate Director of University Corporate and Foundation Relations, Stanford University (May 1, 2017 - 5/31/2018)

    Location

    Stanford

  • Associate Director, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies & Mediterranean Studies Forum, Stanford University (10/1/2008 - 4/30/2017)

    Location

    Stanford, CA

  • Instructor & Graduate Student Instructor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1/1/2000 - 5/30/2006)

    Location

    Ann Arbor, Michigan

All Publications


  • Negotiating an Institutional Framework for Turkey’s Marshall Plan: Conditions and Limits of Power Turkey's Cold War: State, Ideology and Culture edited by Ungor, C., Ornek, C. 2013
  • Re-interpreting Turkey's Marshall Plan: Of Machines, Experts and Technical Knowledge Turkish American Encounters: Politics and Culture, 1830- 1989 edited by Criss, N. B., Esenbel, S., Mazzari, L. 2011
  • The Question of Islamic Feminism in the Middle East The Middle East Journal Keskin-Kozat, B. 2010; 64 (2)
  • Review of Berna Turam's Between Islam And the State: The Politics of Engagement American Journal of Sociology Keskin-Kozat, B. 2009; 114 (6)
  • Grappling with 9/11 and Its Aftermath: Reflections on the Collective Past, Present and Future of Contemporary Societies International Sociology Keskin-Kozat, B. 2006; 21 (6)
  • Review of Michael Meeker's A Nation of Empire: The Ottoman Legacy of Turkish Modernity New Perspectives on Turkey Keskin-Kozat, B. 2005
  • Secularism, Women and Gender: Turkey Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures, Vol. 2 edited by Joseph, S. 2004
  • Review of Zygmunt Bauman's Liquid Love: On the Frailty of Human Bonds Contemporary Sociology Keskin-Kozat, B. 2004; 33 (4)
  • Entangled in Secular Nationalism, Islamism and Feminism: The Life of Konca Kuriş Cultural Dynamics Keskin Kozat, B. 2003; 15 (2)
  • Confronting Double Patriarchy: Islamist Women in Turkey Right-wing Women: From Conservatives to Extremists Around the World edited by Powers, M., Bacchetta, P. 2002
  • Review of Tamara L. Hunt and Micheline R. Lessard (eds.)'s Women and the Colonial Gaze Gender & History Keskin-kozat, B. 2002; 16 (2)