School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies

Graduate Students


Zeynep Elbasan
AdvisorKemal Silay

Education History
PhD, Central Eurasian Studies (Minor: Comparative Literature), Indiana University (2016) 
MA, Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University (2014)
BA, Turkish Language and Literature, Istanbul University (2007) 
Exchange Year, Near and Middle East Studies, SOAS – University of London (2006) 

Honors and Awards
2016 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Travel Grant
2016 Medieval Studies Travel Award          
2015 American Association of Turkic Teachers Conference Travel Award
2015 Central Eurasian Studies Graduate Student Travel Award
2005 European Union Erasmus Program Full Scholarship
2003 Turkish Council of Higher Education, Turkey, Full Fee Scholarship

MA Thesis Title 
A Multidimensional Understanding of the Relation between the Poet and the Patron: A Critical Reading of Taşlıcalı Yahya Bey’s Elegy

Research Interests: Ottoman history and court poetry (16th – 18th centuries), Ottoman literary system under patronage, European Medieval Literature (Occitan literature), the role of women in medieval literature (Feminine voices within masculine borders in medieval Europe, Safavid and Ottoman Empires)

Selected Appointments and Employment 
Instructor for Intermediate Turkish, IU Summer Language Workshop
Associate Instructor, Indiana University
Selection Panelist, Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS)
Item Developer, American Councils for International Education
Language Test Item Reviewer, Lidget Green INC. / Defense Language Institute
Editor, Adaptive Technology and Accessibility Center

Turkish (native) 
Ottoman (advanced) 
Persian (advanced)
German (reading proficiency)
French (reading proficiency)

Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Global and International Studies Building 3024
East Building, 3rd Floor
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

Phone: (812) 855-2233
Fax: (812) 855-7500