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Danielle V. Schoon

Danielle Schoon

Danielle V. Schoon

Senior Lecturer


371 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Rd
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Turkish Studies
  • Romani Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Ethnography


  • PhD, Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Arizona
  • MA, Dance Studies, UCLA
Danielle Schoon is a cultural anthropologist with research and publications on contemporary Turkey. She has been a Lecturer at OSU since 2015, teaching in multiple departments along with NESA, including Sociology, Dance, Political Science, FRIT, and others. She is currently also a COIL Fellow in the Office of International Affairs. Danielle frequently takes advantage of professional development opportunities to improve her teaching and is an advocate of active learning and community engagement. She was named Outstanding Lecturer in the Department of Sociology in 2021. Danielle has been awarded numerous internal grants from OIA, the Drake Institute, and other entities at OSU for her professional development, course design, and research. Her teaching has been spotlighted by the Drake Institute and the Office of Distance Education. Danielle co-organized an interdisciplinary virtual symposium in 2021, “Bringing the Border to Columbus,” funded by the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme. She has designed several courses for NESA, including Contemporary Issues in Turkey and The Modern Middle East. She is in the final stages of developing a Virtual Education Abroad in Istanbul.
Publication highlights:

Schoon, Danielle V. 2023. “Darbukas against Dozers: 40 Days and 40 Nights to Save the Sulukule Neighbourhood.” In Yenen, Alp, and Erik-Jan Zürcher, eds. A Hundred Years of Republican Turkey: A History in a Hundred Fragments. Leiden: Leiden University Press, forthcoming.

Schoon, Danielle V. 2021. “A Politics of Presence: Public Performances of Roma Belonging inIstanbul.” In The Politics of Culture in Contemporary Turkey. Eds. Pierre Hecker, Ivo Furman, and Kaya Akyildiz. Edinburgh University Press.

Schoon, Danielle V. and Funda Oral. 2018. “The Role of Communities of Practice in Urban Rights Activism in Istanbul, Turkey.” In Communities of Practice in Global Sustainability, Eds. Carl Maida and Sam Beck. Oxford: Berghahn Books.
Schoon, Danielle V. 2018. “Between Global Solidarity and National Belonging: The Politics of Inclusion for Romanlar in Turkey.” In Roma Activism: Reimagining Power and Knowledge, Eds. Sam Beck and Ana Ivasiuc. Oxford: Berghahn Books.
Schoon, Danielle van Dobben. 2014. “’Sulukule is the Gun and We are its Bullets’: Urban Renewal and Romani Identity in Istanbul.” CITY: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, Vol. 18, No. 6: 720-731. DOI: 10.1080/13604813.2014.962885
Angell, Elizabeth, Timur Hammond and Danielle van Dobben Schoon. 2014. “Istanbul Assemblages: Buildings and Bodies in a World City.” Introduction to Special Feature. CITY: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, Vol. 18, No.6.

Teaching subjects:

  • Turkish Culture
  • Turkish Literature in Translation
  • Turkish Theatre, Music, and Dance
  • Contemporary Issues in Turkey
  • The Politics of Immigration; Sociology of Immigration
  • The Middle East Close Up
  • Technology and Global Society
  • Mediterranean Voyages
  • The Global Mediterranean

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