Department of Telecommunications
ozenbas 'at' indiana 'dot' edu
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University. In 2008 I received my BA from Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey) in two majors: Sociology & Political Science and International Relations. From there I head to the United Kingdom where I received an MA in Political Communication (with merit) from the University of Leeds (2009). My master's thesis research looked into the online news environment's potential for constituting a democratic public sphere. Specifically, I studied news user comments on and discussions of web news stories, looking for markers of political participation: interactivity, rationality, diversity and politeness.
In general, my research interests lie at the intersection of media (both traditional and new) and democracy. Recently, I have investigated the broad concept of informed citizenship in experimental research to assess what might be driving information acquisition divides between more and less disadvantaged members of society. My on-going dissertation project is about how social media content may lead to collective action participation.