Background and Previous Experience
Esra Sarioglu received her Ph.D. in Sociology at SUNY-Binghamton and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Gender Studies Division within the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Ankara University, Turkey. She also serves as vice-chair of the Women’s Studies Center at Ankara University. Her primary research areas are gender and labor in a global era. She is particularly interested in examining how the global economy interacts with social constructions of gender and gender hierarchies. Esra’s ethnographic research projects focus on Turkey, where women’s labor force participation rates are low by international standards, and engages with the literature on the feminization of labor. These ethnographic projects have focused in particular on working class women, such as home-based workers and saleswomen, in relation to questions of the cultural politics of sexuality and aesthetics at work as well as the constitution of self and subjectivity at the intersection of class and gender. Esra’s scholarly articles have been published in Gender, Work & Organization and Women's Studies International Forum.