Dr. Hayal Akarsu

Assistant Professor
Cultural Anthropology


2021 – present               Utrecht University

                                     Assistant Professor (Universitair Docent)

                                     Department of Cultural Anthropology              

2018 – 2021                   Brandeis University

                                     Junior Research Fellow

                                     Crown Center for Middle East Studies

2020 – 2021                   Brandeis University


                                     Department of Anthropology


University of Arizona, PhD.      

School of Anthropology, 2018     

Dissertation: Reforming the Police: Violence, Security, and the Social in Turkey, Brian Silverstein (chair)


New York University, M.A. 

Near and Middle Eastern Studies, 2012

Thesis: Reinstating Islamic Tradition and Authority in Turkey: Daru’l Hikme’s Project of Medrese Education and Islamic Critique of Secularism, Deborah Kapchan (supervisor)


Sabanci University, B.A. 

Cultural Studies, 2006  (valedictorian)