Banu Baybars Hawks

Banu Baybars Hawks (PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA, 2002) is Professor, Chair of Public Relations Department, and Vice Dean in the Faculty of Communications at Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey. Baybars Hawks’s research interests include media studies, media law, political economy of media, and terrorism. Her research appeared in journals such as the International Journal of the Humanities, and Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. She is the author of Freedom’s Razored Edge: Terrorism and Media Controls in the United States and Turkey (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010), the co-editor of If It Was Not for Terrorism: Crisis, Compromise, and Elite Discourse in the Age of “War on Terror” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), and the editor of New Challenges, New Opportunities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Reputation Management (Reputation Management Institute, 2013).

İrem İnceoğlu

Following her undergraduate degree at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and her Master’s degree in Gender and Women Studies at Middle East Technical University (METU), Dr. Irem Inceoglu completed her PhD in the field of Media and Cultural Studies at University of Surrey-Roehampton in the UK. She taught at Media and Cultural Studies Programme of Middlesex University in London between 2007-2012. After moving to Istanbul by the end of Summer 2012 she started teaching at Kadir Has University Faculty of Communications. Dr. Inceoglu’s fields of research include the use of new media technologies, digital culture, social media, radical democracy and the discourse theory as well as social movement activism.

Suncem Koçer 

An Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Information at Kadir Has University, Suncem Koçer received her double PhD in Anthropology and Communication & Culture from Indiana University in 2012. Her research focuses on culture of news making, transnational publics, identity politics, censorship, and media production and circulation processes. Dr. Koçer has published research in journals including the American Ethnologist. She teaches courses on persuasion and propaganda, news culture, communication campaigns, and public speaking at Kadir Has University.

Defne Karaosmanoğlu

Defne Karaosmanoglu is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul. She completed her Ph.D. in Communication Studies at McGill University in 2006. Her research interests include theories of communication and media; critical media analysis; cultural studies of food; and methodologies in humanities and social sciences. She has published articles in Text and Talk, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Food, Culture and Society Journal, Space and Culture, and Journal of Intercultural Studies.

Kerem Karaosmanoğlu

Kerem Karaosmanoğlu spent a good part of his life learning and teaching. He did undergraduate and graduate studies at Bilkent University, Political Science Department, after which he went to Goldsmiths at University of London to get PhD degree in 2006 in Media and Communications. Since 2007 he has been teaching at the Department of Humanities and Social Science at Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul. Among his research interests are conspiracy theories, minorities in Turkey, cultural identities and the new urban Islamic identity in Turkey.

Burak Özçetin

Completed his PhD at Middle East Technical University Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Dr. Burak Özçetin has been working at Akdeniz University Faculty of Communication since 2011. Dr. Özçetin is teaching and researching on research methods, audience studies, communication theory and political communication. Dr. Özçetin is currently running a nationwide TUBITAK project focusing on television viewing and cultural consumption patterns of religious conservative audiences in Turkey.