Dr Susan Beth Rottmann

Working Group 3 Leader

Associate Professor of Anthropology at Özyeğin University, Istanbul, Turkey

Dr. Susan Beth Rottmann is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Özyeğin University in Istanbul, Turkey. A migration expert with 10+ years of research experience, she has published in a wide variety of international peer-reviewed journals, including International Migration Review, Journal of Refugee Studies, Space and Culture, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Migration Studies and Critical Sociology. She has authored books and chapters published by Routledge, Springer, Berghahn, Istanbul Bilgi University and Uppsala University Presses. Dr. Rottmann has received several major research grants from the European Union to study migration, gender, belonging, democracy and citizenship. She was a Primary Investigator for the Horizon 2020 project, RESPOND – Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond between 2017-2021. She is currently a Primary Investigator of the Horizon Europe projects: GAPs De-centring the Study of Migrant Returns and Readmission Policies in Europe and Beyond (2023-26) and OppAttuneCountering Oppositional Political Extremism through Attuned Dialogue: Track, Attune, Limit (2023-2026). Rottmann is also a Management Committee Member, representing Turkey in an EU COST action, History of Identity Documentation in European Nations: Citizenship, Nationality and Migration (HIDDEN) (2022-2026).

Rottmann’s research is European in scope, but she is also interested in political and social developments in Turkey. She is coordinating two projects supported by Tubitak. One is funded by the 1001 programme and is for the project, İstanbul, Gaziantep Ve Hatay’daki Suriyeli Kadınların Yemek, Ev-Yapımı Ve Sosyal Uyumu. The other is funded by the Tubitak 1071 programme and Belmont Forum and is called PHOENIX: Human Mobility, Global Challenges and Resilience in an Age of Social Stress. She is a researcher on the Tubitak 3501 project, Türkiye’deki Üniversitelerinde Yabancı Öğretim Elemanlarının İstihdamı ve Tutulması: Politikalar, Stratejiler ve Deneyimler. These projects explore migrant integration (social harmony), gender, food, climate change, and higher education faculty recruitment. At Özyeğin University, Rottmann has taught a wide variety of social science courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Social Sciences, Food, Culture and Identity, Political Anthropology and Culture Through Film. She consistently receives exceptionally high teaching evaluations, including scores of 4.5+ (on a scale of 1-5) for overall instructor performance. She loves to incorporate her research into her teaching and to include students in her research. She encourages students to be curious and critical, to bring their experiences into the classroom and to apply what they learn about social science to their own lives.

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