Short CV/Education and training

  • 1991
    B.A., Sociology, summa cum laude, Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA

  • 1991 – 1996
    Princeton University Fellowship, New Jersey, USA

  • 1992
    Council on Regional Studies Fellowship, Princeton

  • 1992 – 1993
    Mellon Foundation Training Grant

  • 1993
    M.A., Anthropology, Princeton University

  • 1994
    Center of International Studies, Princeton, doctoral research grant

  • 1994 – 1995
    Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the American Council of Learned Societies(ACLS), International Doctoral Research Fellowship

  • 1994 – 1995
    American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT)/National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship

  • 1994 – 1995
    American Association of University Women (AAUW), International Dissertation Fellowship

  • 1995 – 1996
    The Society of Fellows of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Princeton, Dissertation Fellowship

  • 1997 – 1999
    Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, Department of Social Anthropology

  • 1998
    Ph.D., Anthropology, Princeton University

  • 1999 – 2003
    College Lecturer and Director of Studies in Social Anthropology, Newnham College, Cambridge

  • 1999 – 2003
    University Assistant Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, Department of Social Anthropology

  • 2003 – 2008
    College Lecturer and Director of Studies in Social Anthropology, Newnham College, Cambridge

  • 2003 – 2008
    University Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, Department of Social Anthropology

  • Since 2008
    College Lecturer and Director of Studies in Social Anthropology, Newnham College, Cambridge

  • Since 2008
    University Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, Department of Social Anthropology

  • 2009
    Visiting Professor (Chaire Sécable), L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Institut d’Etudes de l’Islam et des Sociétés du Monde Musulman (IISMM), Paris, France

  • 2011
    Visiting Professor, Department of Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

  • 2013
    Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia

  • Since 2013
    Reader (Senior Associate Professor) in Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, Division of Social Anthropology

Selected publications

  • Navaro-Yashin, Y.: Faces of the State: Secularism and Public Life in Turkey. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002.

  • Navaro-Yashin, Y.: The Make-Believe Space: Affective Geography in a Postwar Polity. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012.

  • Navaro-Yashin, Y.: “Knowing the City: Migrants Negotiating the Built Environment in Istanbul,” in Helmut Anheier, Yudishtir Raj Isar, and Dacia Viejo-Rose, ed. Heritage, Memory and Identity (The Cultures and Globalization Series, Volume 4). London: Sage, 2011, pp. 231-38.

  • Navaro-Yashin, Y.: “The Materiality of Sovereignty: Geographical Expertise and Changing Place Names in Northern Cyprus,” in P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, Thalia Dragonas, and Caglar Keyder ed. Spatial Conceptions of the Nation: Modernizing Geographies in Greece and Turkey. London: I.B.Tauris, 2010, pp. 127-43.

  • Navaro-Yashin, Y.: “Pacifist Devices: the Human/Technology Interface in the Field of Conflict Resolution,” Cambridge Anthropology, Special Issue in honour of Marilyn Strathern on ‘Bureaucratic Knowledge Practices,’ ed. Ashley Lebner and Sabine Deiringer, vol. 28, no. 3, 2008/2009, pp. 91-112.

  • Navaro-Yashin, Y.: “Affective Spaces, Melancholic Objects: Ruination and the Production of Anthropological Knowledge,” Malinowski Memorial Lecture, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI), vol, 15, no. 1, 2009, pp. 1-18.

  • Navaro-Yashin, Y.: "Make-Believe Papers, Legal Forms, and the Counterfeit: Affective Interactions Between Documents and People in Britain and Cyprus," Anthropological Theory, vol. 7, no. 1, 2007, pp. 79-96.

  • Navaro-Yashin, Y.: "Introduction: Fantasy and the Real in the Work of Begona Aretxaga," Anthropological Theory, vol. 7, no. 1, 2007, pp. 5-8.

  • Navaro-Yashin, Y.: "Affect in the Civil Service: A Study of a Modern State -System," Postcolonial Studies , vol. 9, no. 3, 2006, pp. 281-94.

  • Navaro-Yashin, Y.: "De-Ethnicizing the Ethnography of Cyprus: Political and Social Conflict Between Turkish-Cypriots and Settlers from Turkey," in Yiannis Papadakis, Nicos Peristianis, and Gisela Welz, eds, Divided Cyprus: Modernity and an Island in Conflict. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006, pp. 84-99.


Selected projects

  • ERC project REMNANTS 2012 – 2017 as Principal Investigator (5 years full-time)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Professional associations:

  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)

  • Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA)

  • Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK (ASA)

  • European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)

  • Council for European Studies (CES)

Professional service:

  • Editorial board member: Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (CSSAAME, since 2013); Conflict & Society (since 2011); Cultural Anthropology (since 2010); Journal of Legal Anthropology (since 2009); International Political Anthropology (since 2008); Cyprus Review (since 2008); New Perspectives on Turkey (since 2007); Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (2001 – 2004)

  • Research committee member, British Institute at Ankara (BIAA), 2008 – 2009

  • Reviewer for: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI); American Anthropologist; Anthropological Quarterly; Anthropological Theory; Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR); International Journal of Middle East Studies; Journal of Modern Greek Studies; Current Anthropology; Cultural Anthropology; Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry; History and Memory; Cambridge Anthropology; Social Anthropology

  • Reviewer of book proposals and manuscripts submitted to: Routledge, Berghahn, Fordham University Press, Stanford University Press

  • Evaluator and reviewer of grant proposals to: Economic and Social Research Council, UK (ESRC); National Science Foundation, USA (NSF); Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France (ANR); European Research Council (ERC); Swiss National Fund (SNF); Newton Trust, UK; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Selected administrative work:

  • Director of Studies in Social Anthropology, Newnham College, 2002 – 2005, and since 2006/07

  • Director of Studies in Social Anthropology, Christ's College, 2003 – 2004, Michaelmas 2006

Additional qualifications

  • Language skills: English (fluent), Turkish (native language), French (advanced), Hebrew (intermediate)


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