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I am an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition in the Department of English at Illinois State University, where I research and teach border rhetorics, digital-cultural rhetorics, and rhetorical theory and histories of rhetorics (rhetorics of and from non-Western and underrepresented groups). My research and teaching are informed and shaped by feminist and decolonial theories and methodologies. Through this interdisciplinary trajectory, I study the power of and in borders/boundaries to investigate how physical, imagined, and conceptual borders 1) produce problematic identity representations and 2) dictate information and content design-delivery in maps, public spaces, and digital environments. 


My academic and creative work appeared in KairosImmediacy, and Rhetorics Change/Rhetoric's Change. I am currently working on a collaborative book project, Mapping Paso del Norte, investigating the colonial past of the El Paso-Juarez border region. This project offers a participatory community-mapping design as a decolonial methodology to explore mapping and bordering practices and strategies that challenge and move beyond the border's colonial logic. 



I am from Izmir/Turkey and a proud dog-mom. To learn more about my research, teaching, and projects, please click the appropriate link above or contact me at

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