FALL 2015-SPRING 2016
I will be in Turkey on a Fulbright Research grant between September 2015 and June 2016, and will not be on campus. Please contact me via email (zkilic@uaa.alaska.edu) rather than campus voice-mail.



Associate 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 completed her masters and doctorate degrees at Arizona State University in sociology. 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 in 2013. 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.


Hear Zeynep speak at the Alaska Public Media's panel on the documentary "Girl Rising" (on girls' education around the world), sponsored by the Alaska World Affairs Council on Dec. 5, 2013. Here her speak at the UAA Bookstore about Restaurant Reviews and how we approach ethnic food in the U.S. "Restaurant Reviews: Ethnic Food in the American Culinary Imaginary." Podcast can be accessed here - scroll to No. 29 on the list - (April 23, 2014).  

See the latest Green and Gold piece on the progress of her documentary "Tables of Istanbul" here (Nov 19, 2014) and an earlier article about the project here (Feb 12, 2014). She has received a $15,000 grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation in 2014, UAA Innovate award for 2015 ($10,000) and Institute of Turkish Studies' sabbatical research grant ($12,500) to film her documentary "Tables of Istanbul" on Istanbul's food cultures. She is also the recipient of a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. scholar grant which will take her to Turkey to complete her documentary and book project. See a trailer/teaser for the documentary here.


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

Fellow, Istanbul Studies Center, Kadir Has University (Istanbul, Turkey), 2015

Associate Professor, UAA, Dept. of Sociology, 2015-

Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), Department of Sociology (2010- 2015).

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 Responsibilities

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


Kılıç, Zeynep. 2015. "Chef de Culture? How Class and Ethnic Diversity Interacts with Food in Chef Talk," the Pacific Sociological Association (Long Beach, CA, April 1-4)

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

Kılıç, 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. Regent’s University, London, UK, May 30-June 1.

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

Kılıç, Zeynep and Rebeca Maseda. 2013. “18 Meals in Spanish Cinema.” The Third Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Austin, Texas, October 15-16.

Kılıç, 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.

Kılıç, Zeynep. 2012. “Representing the Turkish: Organizational Approaches to Belonging, Identity and Politics of Incorporation among Turkish Communities in Germany and the United States.” Pacific Sociological Association, San Diego, CA, March.

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

Kılıç, 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 conference), Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., October.

Kılıç, Zeynep. 2011. “Generational Gap within Migrant Associations: Turkish Case in Germany & the United States.” Pacific Sociological Association, Seattle, WA, March. 

Kılıç, Zeynep. 2010.“Turkish Migrant Organizations in Germany and the United States: Religious and Secular Approaches.” Pacific Sociological Association, Oakland, CA, April.

Kılıç, Zeynep. 2009. “Home, is this the sweet home? A fluid and contested place.” American Sociological Association annual meeting, San Francisco, CA, August.

Yu, C. H., L. Brewer, Z. Kılıç, C. Kaprolet, S. DiGangi and A. Jannasch-Pennell. 2008. “An across the institution approach for understanding perceptions of open source.” WCET Conference. Phoenix, AZ, November.

Brewer, L. C, Z. Kılıç, S. DiGangi and A. Jannasch-Pennell. 2008. “Blogging in Higher Education: Use Patterns, Pedagogy, and Best Practices for Instruction.” Learning Conference 08, Chicago, IL, June.

Brewer, L. C, Z. Kılıç, C. H. Yu,S.DiGangi and A. Jannasch-Pennell.2008. “Collaborative Web 2.0 Tools in Higher Education: Faculty Experience with Google Apps and Wikis.” Southwest Institute for Learning with Technology Conference. Flagstaff, AZ, May.

Brewer, L. C, Z. Kılıç, S.DiGangi, and A. Jannasch-Pennell.2008.Collaborative Web 2.0 Tools Changing the Face of Higher Education: Instructional Uses of Google. TCC (Technology, Colleges, and Community) Conference, April, Online Conference.

Brewer, L. C, Z. Kılıç, S.DiGangi, and A. Jannasch-Pennell.2008.Examining Student Technology Ownership and Use: Generational Differences and Pedagogical Challenges, Technology Conference, Chicago, IL, January.

Andrews, S., S. DiGangi, A. Jannasch-Pennell, C. H. Yu, Z. Kılıç, and Charles Kaprolet. 2007. “From the Horse's Mouth: Students Describe the Ideal Learning Environment: Using mixed methodology to listen to every student voice.” EDUCAUSE, Seattle, WA, October.

Andrews, S., Z. Kılıç, A. Jannasch-Pennell
, Y. Flores, C. H. Yu, and S. Cohn. 2007. Visual Ethnography and Identity in an Outreach Program for Children. American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, IL, April.

Yu, C. H., Z. Kılıç, S. DiGangi, and A. Jannasch-Pennell. 2006. Introduction to IRT and Item Banking. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Conference of Arizona Educational Research Organization, Tempe, AZ, October. 

Yu, C. H., A. Jannasch-Pennell, V. Stay, S. DiGangi, C. Kim, L. Long, W. Lo, Z. Kılıç, S. Kang and R. Freeman. 2006. “Multi-Sensory Cognitive Learning as Facilitated in a FLASH Tutorial for Item Response Theory.” 4th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications (EISTA 2006), Orlando, FL, July.

Kılıç, Zeynep. 2006. “Performing an Immigrant Identity: Do I Sound Turkish/German/Kurdish/European Enough To You?” Association for Cultural Studies, Crossroads Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, July.

Kılıç, Zeynep. 2006. “City Identity for Second Generation Turks: New York against Berlin.” 3rd Annual Social Science Graduate Research Symposium (SSGRS), Tempe, AZ, April. 

Kim, S. S., K. Miller-Loessi, Z. Kılıç, J. Kim, and M. Cho, 2006. “Birthparent-Adult Adoptee Reunions: A Korean Media Event.” Pacific Sociological Association annual meetings, CA, April.

Kılıç, Zeynep, Chong Ho Yu, Angel Jannasch-Pennell, Samuel DiGangi. 2006. “Accessing Our Research Bibliographies Online: Better or Just Different?” EDUCAUSE Southwest Regional Conference annual meeting, Austin, TX, February.

Kılıç, Zeynep. 2004. “Two Different Worlds? Turkish Immigrant Organizations in the U.S. and Germany.” American Sociological Association annual meeting, San Francisco, CA, August.

Miller-Loessi, Karen and Zeynep Kılıç. 2004. “Where are the Fathers? Birth and Abandonment Explanations Given to Children Adopted from China.” Pacific Sociological Association annual meeting, San Francisco, CA. April.

Kılıç, Zeynep. 2004. “Ruptured Family Ties, Crucial Summers: Temporary Abandonment in Migrant Childhood.” The Fifth European Social Science History Conference, Oral History and Life Stories Network, Berlin, Germany. March

Kılıç, Zeynep, Katie DeVriese, Angel Jannasch-Pennell, Samuel DiGangi. 2004. “Designing Effective Online Discussions: Connecting Pedagogy and Technology.” Microcomputers in Education Conference, Tempe, AZ, March.

Kılıç, Zeynep. 2004. “Stay As You Are! But At What Cost?: Multicultural Berlin Against Not So Multicultural Germany.” Conference of Europeanists annual meeting, Chicago. March.

Kılıç, Zeynep. 2003. “Immigrants Imagining Their Place in a Global World.” Society for the Study of Social Problems annual meetings, Atlanta, GA, August.

Kılıç, Zeynep. 2003. “Organizational Attempts at Popular Images and Individual Responses: Representations and Strategies of the Turkish Community in Berlin." Pacific Sociological Association annual meetings, CA, April.

Kılıç, Zeynep. 2003. “Freeing or Constraining? Passports and States in Immigrant Consciousness” Globalization Panel, sponsored by ASU Justice Studies. Tempe, AZ, March 6th. 

Potter, Brian, Zeynep Kılıç, Katie DeVriese, Angel Janasch-Pennell, Samuel DiGangi. 2003. “Evaluating Faculty Services and Support.” Microcomputers in Education Conference, Tempe, AZ, March. 

DeVriese, Katie, Zeynep Kılıç, Brian Potter, Angel Janasch-Pennell, Samuel DiGangi. 2003. “Effective Use of Online Assessments.” Microcomputers in Education Conference, Tempe, AZ, March.

Brewer, Laura C., Katie DeVriese, Zeynep Kılıç, Angel Jannasch-Pennell, Samuel DiGangi. 2002. “Assessing the Development of Online Learning: An Institutional Perspective,” 8th International Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks, Orlando, FL, November.

Brewer, Laura C., Katie DeVriese, Zeynep Kılıç, Angel Jannasch-Pennell, Samuel DiGangi. 2002. “Integrating MERLOT into the Design of Effective Online Learning Environments,” MERLOT International Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, September. 

Miller-Loessi, Karen and Zeynep Kılıç. 2002. “Families Of Chinese Girls Adopted By Westerners,” Book conference on Transnational Families organized by Oxford University (UK) and Belle Van Zuylen University (Amsterdam, Netherlands), May 31st -June 1st.

Kılıç, Zeynep. 2002. “Politics of Human Rights: The Turkish Case,” Local to Global Justice: Teach-In on Various Social Justice Issues, ASU, Tempe, AZ, April 19.

Brewer, Laura. C, Katie DeVriese, Zeynep Kılıç, Rong Wang. 2002. “Teaching Faculty to Teach Online: The Importance of Pedagogy.” Microcomputers in Education Conference, Tempe, AZ, March.

Kılıç, Zeynep. 2001. “Citizenship Blues: Germany’s Struggle to Include Others.” Law and Society Association conference, Budapest, Hungary, July.

Miller-Loessi, Karen and Zeynep Kılıç. 2000. “A Unique Diaspora? The Case of Adopted Girls from the People’s Republic of China.” American Sociological Association annual meeting, Washington, DC, August.

Kılıç, Zeynep. 2000. “Loyal Citizens of the World: Belonging in the 21st Century.” Ege University Cultural Studies Seminar, Cesme, Izmir, Turkey, May.

Kılıç, Zeynep. 2000. "Dual Citizenship: Diminished Loyalties?" European Social Science History Conference, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, April.

Kılıç, Zeynep. 2000. “Homelands and Diasporas: A Love/Hate Relationship?” American Comparative Literature Association conference, New Haven, CT, February. 

Miller-Loessi, Karen and Zeynep Kılıç. 2000. “China’s Adopted Daughters as a Diaspora: From ‘Victim’ to Postmodern Identity.” American Comparative Literature Association conference, New Haven, CT, February.

Özgen, Zeynep Kılıç. 1999."Citizenship and Naturalization in the 90s: The Turkish Case." Pacific Sociological Association annual meetings, Portland, OR, April.

Miller-Loessi, Karen and Zeynep Kılıç Özgen. 1999. “China’s Adoption Program as a Female Diaspora.” Pacific Sociological Association annual meeting, Portland, OR, April. 

Özgen, Zeynep Kılıç.1998. “Homeland: Forgotten Aspect of Diaspora." Pacific Sociological Association annual meeting, San Francisco, CA, April.

Özgen, Zeynep Kılıç. 1997. "Diaspora as Seen from the Homeland: A Difficult Relationship?" Middle East Studies Association, 31st Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, November.

Özgen, Zeynep Kılıç. 1997. "Mainland Watching Diaspora: Perceptions of Diaspora in Turkish Print News Media." University of Chicago, 12th annual Middle Eastern Theory and History Conference, Chicago, IL, April. 

Özgen, Zeynep Kılıç. 1996. "Turkish Identity Questioned at the Doorstep of Europe: the EC/EU and Turkey." Pacific Sociological Association annual meeting, Seattle, WA, March.

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