Meet Irmak Yazici, 2021 First Generation Scholar in the Profession

Irmak Yazici is a doctoral candidate (ABD) and lecturer in political science at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her research broadly focuses on secularism within the context of comparative and global politics. Her dissertation entitled “Seeing through Secularism: A Comparative Approach to Religious Controversy in India and Turkey” provides a comparative historical analysis of secularism in India and Turkey throughout an investigation of the links between religious controversy and nationalist discourse. More specifically, her dissertation outlines how secular law and policies have controlled speech in the public sphere and discusses the ways in which such control has facilitated the emergence of populist religious nationalism in similar ways in both contexts. She has taught a broad range of courses at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa since 2014, including courses on the politics of the media, global environmental politics, American politics, and global/comparative politics. She is also the coordinator for the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Irmak is a Fulbright scholarship recipient and holds Master’s degrees in political science, Asian studies, and philosophy. 

About the APSA First Generation Scholar in the Profession Accessibility Grant
In 2015, the APSA Executive Council approved a new standing Committee on First Generation Higher Education Scholars in the Profession, parallel to the existing APSA status committees. The goal is to bring focused attention to the ways in which class, economic inequality, and mobility can affect political scientists’ ability to thrive educationally and professionally throughout their careers. The travel and accessibility grant is intended to support First Generation Higher Education Scholars in the Profession who attend the APSA Annual Meeting. Learn more.