My topical research interests include: oud, Karadeniz popular music and local musics from the Eastern Black Sea region of Turkey, film and TV music in Turkey,
recording studios, audio engineering, the practice of arrangement, aesthetic issues in electronic music, organology, materialism, and the relations between online and offline music communities.
I am also more broadly interested in synesthesia and affect, the use of organizational sociology in ethnomusicological research and analysis,
critically examining field methods employed in ethnographic practices (especially online ethnographies), and developing collaborative bibliography projects that empower academic micro-communities.
Currently I am writing several research articles and a book based on my multi-year, multi-sited research into Turkish recording studios, practices, and professionals.
My research was funded by a Fulbright IIE grant, as well as an ARIT State Department Fellowship.
2013 "Music, Mobility and Distributed Recording Production in Turkish Protest Music," in Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music and Sound Studies edited by Jason Stanyek and Sumanth Gopinath. New York: Oxford. Forthcoming.
2012 "The Social Life of Musical Instruments." Ethnomusicology 56(3).
2010 "Mixing for Parlak and Bowing for a Büyük Ses: The Aesthetics of Arranged Traditional Music in Turkey." Ethnomusicology 54(1).
2004 "Glitches, Bugs, and Hisses: The Degeneration of Musical Recordings and the Contemporary Musical Work,"
in Bad Music: Music You Love to Hate,
edited by Chris Washburne and Maiken Derno. New York: Routledge.
2010 Oxford Bibliographies Online: "West Asia" (12,500 words)
2013 Review of Divine Inspirations: Music and Islam in Indonesia , edited by Anne Rasmussen and David Harnish. Indonesia 93.
2012 Review of The Republic of Love: Cultural Intimacy in Turkish Popular Music by Martin Stokes. world of music i(2).
2011 Review of Recorded Music: Performance, Culture and Technology edited by Amanda Bayley. Notes 68(2).
2010 Review of The World Map of Music: The Edison Phonograph and the Musical Cartography of the Earth by the Berlin Phonogram Archive. Ethnomusicology 54(2).
2005 Review of You Better Work: Underground Dance Music in New York City by Kai Fikentscher. Ethnomusicology 49(2).
2008 Social Interactions, Musical Arrangement, and the Production of Digital Audio in Istanbul Recording Studios.
Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California Berkeley (click here
for the abstract).
grants and fellowships
2010-12 American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellows Program (Cornell University)
2006-7 American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) Department of State Fellow
2005-6 Fulbright IIE Dissertation Research Grant, Turkey
2005-6 Turkish Ministry of Education Higher Education Grant
2004 FLAS Grant (Bogaziçi Üniversitesi Summer Language Program, intermediate level Turkish)
2003,7 UC Berkeley Department of Music Conference Travel Grant (SEM 2003, SEM 2007)
2002-8 UC Berkeley Department of Music Fellowship
1996 Wesleyan University Research Travel Grant (for travel to Turkey)
1990-4 UC Regents Scholar