Nathan Young

Nathan Young

Nathan Young


1775 College Rd
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Anthropology and Folklore of Turkey
  • Nostalgia in Turkey; Village-Urban Dynamics
  • Turkish Language


  • MA, Turkish Folklore (Ege University)
  • MA, Theology (Fuller Theological Seminary)
  • BA, Literature and Mathematics (Claremont McKenna College)

Nathan is a former PhD student interested in theorizing contemporary Turkey through folkloric and anthropological approaches. His research focuses on how hometown (memleket) affiliation and nostalgic recollections shape Turkish imaginaries. Nathan draws attention to ways that the state's overt urbanization and developmental narratives exist in dialectic tension with preferences for small-scale localities. He also examines how nostalgia in Turkey is employed to mitigate perceived effects of globalization, urbanization and national trauma. 


Through ethnographic fieldwork and interviews, Nathan's dissertation seeks to uncover affinities for "local," village lifeways and their influence on conceptualizations of identity, belonging, community and state. 


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