Flowers, Tough Guys, and TOMAs: Police Masculinities and Political Transition in Turkey


Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 12:30pm to 2:00pm


CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents

Betül EkşiBetul Eksi
Robert G. James Scholar Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Postdoctoral Research Associate, Global Resilience Institute, Northeastern University

Betül Ekşi is a political sociologist and a gender scholar who has two main streams of research: an ethnographic study of the police and political masculinities in Turkey and—as one of the principal investigators of a multidisciplinary research project funded by the Global Resilience Institute—a study of sanctuary cities alongside perceptions and experiences of safety and inclusion among vulnerable immigrant populations in the United States. At Radcliffe, Ekşi is working on a book, tentatively titled “Police, the Politics of Masculinity, and Political Transition in Turkey.” Drawing on extensive fieldwork and in-depth interviews with police officials in three major cities in Turkey, this book explores police masculinities and shifting models of policing in the context of political transition in Turkey.

Ekşi received her PhD in sociology from Northeastern University. A postdoctoral research associate at the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University, she has also been a postdoctoral research associate at the Northeastern University Humanities Center and the recipient of a Graduate Dissertation Completion Fellowship at Northeastern University. Her recent publications include “Police and Masculinities in Transition in Turkey: From Macho to Reformed to Militarized Policing,” which appeared in Men and Masculinities (May 2018), and “The Myth of the Tough Men’s Burden: Constructing a Hegemonic Masculinity of Turkish National Police,” published in NORMA: International Journal of Masculinity Studies (February 2017).

Contact: Liz Flanagan