Dr. Tanfer Emin Tunç


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Most Recent Affiliation / Department / Job Title:


  • Hacettepe University and State University of New York at Stony Brook, Department of American Culture and Literature, Assistant Professor, Researcher, Author, Editor, and Peer Reviewer

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  • ISEA2011

    Dr. Tanfer Emin Tunç is an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Culture and Literature at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.  She received her BA, MA and PhD in American History, and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and specializes in US women’s history and literature; the history of medicine, sexuality, and reproduction; and American social history (with an emphasis on American ethnic studies, the American South, transnational American studies, and consumer/popular culture).  The recipient of her field’s most prestigious grants and fellowships (including awards from the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation of Princeton University, Rockefeller University, Duke University, the University of Michigan, Smith College, the American Historical Association, the National Women’s Studies Association, the Society for the History of Technology, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the Salzburg Global Fellowship), Dr. Tunç has presented her research at conferences all over the world. Dr. Tunç is the author of over 70 book chapters, reference book entries, book reviews, and journal articles, most of which have appeared in internationally-renowned publications such as Rethinking HistoryAsian Journal of Women’s Studies, Foreign Literature Studies, Women’s History ReviewHistorical Journal and Journal of Women’s History.   Her six books include: Technologies of Choice: A History of Abortion Techniques in the United States, 1850–1980 (VDM, 2008), The Globetrotting Shopaholic: Consumer Spaces, Products, and their Cultural Places (co-edited with Annessa A. Babic, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008), The Theme of Cultural Adaptation in American History, Literature, and Film: Cases When the Discourse Changed (co-edited with Laurence Raw and Gülriz Büken, The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009),  Positioning the New: Chinese American Literature and the Changing Image of the American Literary Canon (co-edited with Elisabetta Marino, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), Feminism’s Unfinished Legacy: Critiques of Gender and Racial Inequality in Contemporary American Women’s Literature (VDM, 2011), The Transnational Turn in American Studies: Turkey and the United States (co-edited with Bahar Gürsel, Forthcoming, Peter Lang Publishing, 2012). Dr. Tunç is also Lead Editor of the Journal of Transnational American Studies’ Special Forum on Asian American Studies: “Redefining the American in Asian American Studies: Transnationalism, Diaspora and Representation” (Winter 2011). She is currently a peer reviewer for seven interdisciplinary journals; Vice President of the American Studies Association of Turkey (ASAT); and on the Executive Board of Hacettepe University’s Women’s Research and Implementation Center (HUWRIC), which operates under the auspices of the Faculty of Medicine.


Last Known Location:


  • Ankara, Turkey

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