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Zeynep Atalay  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  


  • Globalization and Transnational Social Movements
  • Civil Society and Non-governmental Organizations
  • Political Islam
  • Short Bio
    Zeynep Atalay is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. Mary’s College of California. Her research interests are in globalization, transnational social movements, and the intersections between civil society and religion. In her dissertation,“ Global Islam in the Age of Civil Society”, she examined the instrumental benefits of the liberal civil society for transnational Islamist NGO coalitions. Atalay currently works on pious women’s social mobility through participation in Turkish Islamist civil society organizations. Her recent publications include “Civil Society as Soft Power: Islamic NGOs and Turkish Foreign Policy” in R. Kastoryano” (ed.), Turkey between Nationalism and Globalization (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013) and “New Directions in Transnational Civil Society: The Politics of Muslim NGO Coalitions” in L. Tragardh, N. Witoszek and B. Taylor (eds.), Civil Society in the Age of Monitory Democracy (Oxford: Berghahn Books). Zeynep Atalay holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park and teaches courses on Gender Studies, Globalization, and Transnational Migration.
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