Basak Gemici

  • PhD earned 2022

Basak Gemici is a Ph.D. Candidate with research interests in political sociology, cultural sociology, intersectionality, and social change focuses on authoritarianism and conflict in everyday life. Her dissertation project, "Populist Authoritarianism in Everyday Life: The New Regime in Turkey," draws upon extensive fieldwork including in-depth interviews and urban bus ethnography that studies the mechanisms of how populist authoritarianism disrupts everyday peace and changes ordinary interactions. It demonstrates how these changes impact historically vulnerable social groups, such as women and ethnic minorities, and explains why civilian disciplinary actions intensify along with formal state repression. Her secondary research interests are on social movements and prisons.

Education & Training

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

Representative Publications


Gemici, Basak. “Social Discomfort in Everyday Life under Populist Authoritarianism,” Revise and Resubmit at Social Problems.

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. Invited chapter contribution.

  • 2021 Elise Boulding Graduate Student Paper Award Honorable Mention, ASA Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section
  • 2021 Norman P. Hummon Memorial Research Award for Outstanding Research, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

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.

Gemici, Basak. 2022. “Closing 2021: Summary Reports on Partisanship and Violence in the United States,” Conflict(ed)-The ASA PWSC Official Blog, Jan. 24.

Gemici, Basak. 2022. “Rumors and Conflict in Authoritarian Settings,” Conflict(ed)-The ASA PWSC Official Blog, Nov. 24.        

Gemici, Basak. 2022. “States of Exception and Community Insecurities,” Conflict(ed)-The ASA PWSC Official Blog, May 28.


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