Prof. Jenny White

Writer and social anthropologist


Jenny White is a writer and social anthropologist. She was Distinguished Visiting Professor at Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies during the academic year 2013-2014. She is the former president of the Turkish Studies Association and of the American Anthropological Association Middle East Section, and sits on the board of the Institute of Turkish Studies in Washington, DC. She has received numerous grants and fellowships from, among others, the Social Science Research Council, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and Fulbright-Hays.

Jenny is author of Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks (chosen by Foreign Policy as one of three best books on the Middle East in 2012); Islamist Mobilization in Turkey: A Study in Vernacular Politics (Winner of the 2003 Douglass Prize for best book in Europeanist anthropology); and Money Makes Us Relatives: Women’s Labor in Urban Turkey.

She has authored numerous articles on Turkey and on Turks in Germany and lectures internationally on topics ranging from political Islam and nationalism to ethnic identity and gender issues. Professor White has been following events in Turkey since the mid-1970s. Her books have been translated into Turkish. She writes a syndicated blog on contemporary Turkey that Foreign Policy named as one of two blogs on Turkey that President Obama should read:


Democracy is Like a Tram

In the mid-1990s, the mayor of Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was quoted as saying, “Democracy is like a tram. You ride it until you...   Read More

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