Department of Telecommunications
ozenbas 'at' indiana 'dot' edu
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. A paper based on this study was presented at the 2011 ICA convention in Boston.
My research interest in the interrelationship between media (traditional and new) and democracy is growing and is likely to become the primary area of my long term research commitment. Currently I'm tackling 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.