Hikmet Kocamaner is a cultural anthropologist who works on secularism, Islamic movements, gender, and the politics of the family in Turkey. He received a dual PhD in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona in August 2014. Previously he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Crown Center for Middle Eastern Studies and a lecturer in the Anthropology Department at Brandeis University. He received numerous grants and fellowships including a dissertation fieldwork grant by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, a dissertation proposal development grant by the Social Science Research Council, and a foreign language teaching fellowship by Fulbright.
During his time at CMES, Hikmet will complete his book manuscript, provisionally entitled "Governing the Family through Religion in a Secular State: Islam, Gender, and the Politics of the Family in the New Turkey." The book examines the involvement of Islamic actors in the politics of the family and the proliferation of faith-based initiatives aimed at strengthening the so-called "family values." It explores the implications of this unprecedented phenomenon for state-Islam relations and emerging forms of governance in Turkey, which is often considered the paradigmatic example of secularism in the Muslim world.