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Candan Turkkan

Candan Turkkan

Professional Title: 

Graduate Student



MA, New School for Social Research (2012); MA, New York University (2010); BA, Sabanci University (2008)


Candan Turkkan is a PhD candidate at University of Massachusetts Amherst, department of Political Science. Her dissertation (December 2016) traces the transformations in the supply chain of fresh fruits and vegetables in Turkey within the last 30 – 35 years. Focusing on both the economic and the legal reformulations of 1980s and 1990s, and the accompanying socio-cultural changes in the 2000s, her work touches on each node of the supply chain, and discusses how new consumption patterns, production practices, transportation and commodity tracking technologies, banking and investment innovations, and telecommunication infrastructures altered the supply chain. She specializes in political theory (Biopolitics; neoliberal governmentality; risk and precarity) and comparative political economy.

Candan has a background on constitutionalism and constitution development in conflict-ridden societies. She holds two MA degrees (New School for Social Research ’12; New York University ’10) and her thesis focuses on the legal theories of Carl Schmitt, constitutional politics in the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey. She has received multiple awards, including Fulbright Scholarship (2008 – 2010), Best MA Award (2012), Certificate of High Honor (2005 -2008), Dean’s Fellowship Award (2012-2013). She also holds certificates on Advanced Feminist Studies (2013) and European Union Education (2007). 


Candan writes widely about food, politics, culture and film. In addition to her academic works, her essays have been featured in Yemek ve Kultur, Solfasol, and Radikal Blog. Previously she has worked in the Republic of Turkey Office of the Prime Minister Directorate General of Press and Information New York Branch as a full time translator, editor, and communication specialist. She also held researcher positions at various international organizations and NGOs, and academic institutions. Currently she teaches part-time in Sabanci University and University of Massachusetts Amherst.   



  • Political Science