Basak Gemici

My research focuses on the areas of political sociology, cultural sociology, gender, ethnicity/race, and social change. My other research interests are on social movements and prisons. My dissertation project is an urban ethnographic study of right-wing populism and authoritarianism in relation to everyday life in Turkey. I address the ways people cope with the ethnic and gendered organization of a regime change. Specifically, I examine how populist authoritarianism institutionalizes in ordinary interactions and explain why civilian disciplinary actions intensify along with formal state repression.

Education & Training

  • MA, University of Pittsburgh, 2016
  • MA, Koc University, 2015
  • BA, Sabanci University, 2012

Representative Publications

Gemici, Basak. 2021.“Human Security Approach to Emergency Rule in Turkey.” In: Bonino S., Ricucci R. (eds) Islam and Security in the West. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

  • Elise Boulding Graduate Student Paper Award Honorable Mention, ASA Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section
  • Norman P. Hummon Memorial Research Award for Outstanding Research, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Gemici, Basak. 2021 “States of Exception and Community Insecurities,” Conflict(ed)-The ASA PWSC Official Blog, May 28.

Smith, Jackie., Gemici, Basak., Plummer, Samantha., & Hughes, Melanie. M. 2018. “Transnational Social Movement Organizations and Counter-hegemonic Struggles Today.” Journal of World-Systems Research. 24(2), 372-403.

Research Interests

  • Political Sociology
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Gender, Race/Ethnicity
  • Social Change
  • Ethnography and mixed methods
  • Ethnic Conflict & Peace
  • Social Movements
  • Policing and Prisons
  • Turkey
  • Middle East