Spring & Summer 2014 Teaching Load

Spring: SOC 101 (Face to face & online classes)
Summer: SOC 101, online class, 1st 5-week session


Assistant Professor, Faculty Advisor
Office: SSB 365
Phone: 786-1658
Email: zkilic@uaa.alaska.edu
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/zkilicprofessionalportfolio


Dr. KILIÇ was born and raised in Turkey. After completing her bachelors degree in economics, she moved to the U.S. to pursue graduate school. She arrived in Anchorage in the summer of 2008 after 14 years in Arizona. She is still getting acclimated... UAA Faculty Convocation_DiversityAward_ZKilic

Dr. Kilic received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in University Diversity, after a nomination by her colleagues in the Sociology Department. Award is given to individuals who are making significant and positive differences in enhancing diversity on campus by increasing visibility, representing diverse voices, advocating, showing program initiative, and creating a sense of community as a public square. 


See the Green and Gold piece on her latest research project here (Feb 12, 2014).

Hear Zeynep speak at the Alaska Public Media's panel on the documentary "Girls Rising" (on girls' education around the world), sponsored by the Alaska World Affairs Council on Dec. 5, 2013.


Ph.D., Sociology, Arizona State University, 2006,"Reluctant Citizens? Belonging and Immigrant Loyalties in the Era of Transnationalism."

M.A.,  Sociology, Arizona State University, 1997, "Mainland Watching Diaspora: Perceptions of Diaspora in the Turkish Press (1972-1993)."

B.Sc., Economics, Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), 1992.

Career History

Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), Department of Sociology (2010- ).

Term Assistant Professor, UAA, Department of Sociology, (2009-2010).

Term Instructor, UAA, Department of Sociology, (2008-2009).

Senior Researcher, Arizona State University (ASU), University Technology Office, Applied Learning Technologies Institute (alt^I), (2005 - 2008).

Research & Development Assistant, Faculty Support Specialist, Digital Media and Instructional Technologies/IS Lab (ASU), (2002 – 2005).

Dissertation fieldwork in Berlin (Germany) and NYC (USA), (2001-2003).

Teaching Associate & Teaching Assistant, Sociology Department , ASU, (1996-2001).

Graduate Assistant, Development Office (ASU Foundation), (1995-1996).

Teaching Responsibilites

Previously Taught at UAA: Social Science Research Methods (SOC/PS 361) & Application of Statistics to the Social Sciences(SOC 362)


Professional and Departmental Service

  • UAA Faculty Technology Fellow (2012-2013)
  • Sociology Dept., Outreach committee (Alumni Survey and Departmental Webpage)
  • UAA Sociology Club, Faculty Advisor (2010- present)
  • Sustainability in the Curriculum participant (2012-2013)
  • NCBI, Welcoming Diversity/Prejudice Reduction, Train the Trainer Workshop (Sept. 2012)
  • National Coalition Building Institute, UAA Member (2012-2013)
  • Member, Pacific Sociological Association, Committee on the Status of Women (2012-2016)
  • Session Organizer, Pacific Sociological Association, Annual Meeting (2010-2012)
  • UAA, International and Intercultural Taskforce (2011-2012)
  • UAA, Undergraduate Research Taskforce (2011-2012)
  • UAA, Marshall Scholarship Committee (2011)
  • NVivo (Qualitative Research Software) Workshop, April 12-13 UAA (2010)
  • UAA/APU, Difficult Dialogues Fellow, Ford Foundation Program, Start Talking Cohort (2009)
  • UAA, NCBI Welcoming Diversity/Prejudice Reduction Workshop (2009)
  • UAA Student Showcase and Undergraduate Grants Reviewer


Research Interests

  • Sociology of Food, Ethnic Food and Food Cultures
  • Immigration, Culture, Citizenship and Identity
  • Comparative Sociology
  • Qualitative Methodology


Kilic, Zeynep and Rebeca Maseda. Forthcoming. "Shifts in Spanish Flavors: Tracking Social Change in 18 Meals" Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Kiliç, Zeynep and Cecilia Menjivar. 2013. "Fluid Adaptation of Contested Citizenship: Second Generation Turks in Germany And The United States." Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 19(2): 204-20. DOI:10.1080/13504630.2013.789217.

Kiliç, Zeynep and Jennifer Petzen. 2013. "The Culture in Multiculturalism and Racialized Art." German Politics and Society 31(2): 49-65.

Kiliç, Zeynep. 2011. Review article (Marc Helbing. 2008. Practising Citizenship and Heterogeneous Nationhood. Amsterdam. IMISCOE/ Amsterdam University Press) for International Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 37(2):351-52

Brewer, L., Z. Kiliç, S. DiGangi, A. Jannasch-Pennell. 2008. "Examining Student Technology Ownership and Use." International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, vol 4, no. 4, Pp. 129-142 (http://ijt.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.42/prod.502).

Kiliç, Zeynep. 2005. "Second Generation Turkish Immigrants in the U.S. and Germany: Dilemmas of Cultural Identity," Pp. 163-81 in Crossing Over: Comparing Recent Migration in the United States and Europe, edited by Holger Henke. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Jacobson, David and Zeynep Kiliç. 2003. "European Citizenship and the Republican Tradition" PEGS, Good Society, Special Issue on European Citizenship Symposium. Volume 12, No.1, Pp. 31-34.

Miller-Loessi, Karen and Zeynep Kiliç. 2001. "A Unique Diaspora? The Case of Adopted Girls from the People's Republic of China," Diaspora. A Journal of Transnational Studies, 10, 2: 243-60. (peer reviewed)

Kiliç, Zeynep. 2001. "Dual Citizenship: Diminished Loyalties?" New Cultural Perspectives in the New Millennium, The Proceedings of the Fifth Cultural Studies Seminar, 51-58. Izmir, Turkey: Ege University.

Works Under Review

Kiliç, Zeynep. "Eating My Way Through the World: Understanding Hierarchical CulturalConstructions in Ethnic Restaurant Reviews." Proceedings of the 14th Cultural Studies Seminar. Izmir, Turkey: Ege University. 

Selected Presentations 

Kilic, Zeynep. 2014. "Organizational Interpretations of Belonging and Identity - Politics of Incorporation among Turkish American Associations in New York." Introduction to Turkish American Studies (Turkish Cultural Studies Association), at Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey, June 6-7).

Kilic, Zeynep. 2014. "Politics of Integration, Citizenship, the Second Generation, and Cultural Identity: Interpretation and Representation Among Turkish Immigrants and Migrant Associations in Berlin and New York." Turkish Migration Conference at Regent's University (London, UK, May 30-June 1).

Kilic, Zeynep.2014. "Restaurant Reviews and Cultural Constructions – Ethnic food in commercial food landscapes." Pacific Sociological Association (Portland, OR, March 27-30).

Kiliç, Zeynep & Rebeca Maseda. 2013. "18 Meals in Spanish Cinema" at the Third Food Studies:An Interdisciplinary Conference (Austin, Texas, October 15-16).

Kiliç, Zeynep. 2013. "Eating My Way Through World Without Hopping on a Plane: Understanding Cultural Constructions and Hierarchies in Ethnic Restaurant Reviews," the 14th Ege University Cultural Studies Symposium: "Confinement, Resistance, Freedom." (Izmir, Turkey, May 8-10).

Kiliç, Zeynep. 2011. "Ethnic Food: More Palatable Than Immigrants Themselves?" Food Studies Conference, University of Las Vegas, NV, December.

Kiliç, Zeynep and Jennifer Petzen. 2011. "Give Me Your Educated, Your Artists, Your Creative Masses: Commodification of Immigrant Art and Artists in the Migration Context," Conference on Immigration in Germany (invited/closed conference), Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., October.

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