Ceren Ozgul received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from City University of New York, Graduate Center. Her dissertation, “From Muslim Citizen to Christian Minority: Tolerance, Secularism, and Armenian Return Conversions in Turkey,” analyzes 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’s research was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Cultural Anthropology and Law and Social Sciences programs, and by the Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant. The writing stage was supported by the Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Dissertation Completion Fellowship and the Andrew Silk Dissertation Award from the Graduate Center, CUNY. In addition to these fellowships, Dr. Ozgul received many prestigious awards for her work, including a Society for the Anthropology of Europe (SAE) Pre-Dissertation Award in Anthropology from the Fellowship Committee of the Council for European Studies at Columbia University, and a Graduate Student Paper Award in 2010 from the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology.
Her postdoctoral research will expand on her dissertation research to further study forcefully Islamized Armenians’ strategies to navigate questions of ethnicity and religion within the larger formations of the discourse of tolerance in Turkey. As the Manoogian Simone Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, she will teach a course on the anthropological, legal, and political genealogies of the concept of tolerance with a historical and contemporary focus.