Ceren Ozgul

Ceren Özgül is a recipient of Wenner-Gren’s Hunt Fellowship and a visiting scholar at New York University’s Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, where she is revising her book manuscript “The Return: Armenian Conversions, Secularism, and Law in Turkey” for publication. She is a legal and cultural anthropologist who received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the Graduate Center, CUNY, in May 2013.

Her dissertation, ‘From Muslim Citizen to Christian Minority: Tolerance, Secularism, and Armenian Return Conversions in Turkey’, analyses the return conversions of forcibly Islamized Armenians in modern Turkey back to Armenian Christianity. The dissertation also presents a framework for examining how religious minorities, political agency, legal responsibility, and conditions of belief are produced through the legal and cultural codification of religious tolerance in Turkey. Dr. Ozgul was the 2013-14 Manoogian Simone Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the Andrew Silk Dissertation Award.