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Didem Yerli

PhD candidate

D. Yerli
+31 71 527 2171

Didem Yerli makes use of a flex desk. Please send an email if you want to contact her. The above mentioned telephone number is the number of the secretariat.

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PhD Research

My doctoral research focuses on emergence of private modern education, business networks and intercommunal relations in the eastern Mediterranean cities: Constantinople, Salonica, Smyrna (1830-1923). I am working on these ‘cosmopolitan’ port cities, beyond and before nation-state paradigm, as cities of cultural exchange. (Supervision: Dr. Petra de Bruijn and Prof. Dr. Erik-Jan Zürcher)

Fields of interest

From the end of the so-called fin-de-siècle (19th century) to the resurgence of neoliberalism (1970s-80s):

  • Education
  • Network Analysis
  • Urbanization
  • Port Cities
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Minority Questions and Identity

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD Candidate at Leiden University (since 2017)
  • MA, Turkish Studies at Sabancı University (2015)
  • BA, Sociology at Galatasaray University (2013)


Previous Teaching and Research Activity

  • Project Executive at Ipsos, Qualitative Research (2014-5)
  • Teaching Assistant at Sabancı University, History of Modern Turkey (2013-4)
  • Research Intern at Galatasaray University (2012)
  • Research Intern at GfK, Qualitative Research (2011)


Awards and Grants

  • Leids Universiteit Funds, PhD Write-up Grant
  • Leids Universiteit Funds Travel Grant
  • Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Sabancı University
  • Sabancı University and Harvard Summer School, Tuition Waiver

Popular Publications

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
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