Dr. Tuğba Tanyeri-Erdemir is a research associate at the University of Pittsburgh’s Anthropology Department and the coordinator of Anti-Defamation League's Task Force on Middle East Minorities. She serves as the co-chair of the Middle East Working Group of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable. Between 2005 and 2015, she was a lecturer at the Middle East Technical University, where she was also the deputy director of the Center for Science and Society. Dr. Tanyeri-Erdemir’s research focuses on the politics of minority heritage in the Middle East, conflict and competition over sacred sites, and inclusive cultural heritage management and museum practices. She was a senior researcher in “Antagonistic Tolerance: A Comparative Analysis of Competitive Sharing of Religious Sites” project funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the National Science Foundation and the leader of the Turkish team in European Commission-funded “RELIGARE: Religious Diversity and Secular Models in Europe.” Dr. Tanyeri-Erdemir is the co-author of Antagonistic Tolerance: Competitive Sharing of Sacred Sites and Spaces (Routledge, 2016) and her op-eds have appeared in Newsweek, The Conversation, The Globalist, Providence, and Hürriyet Daily News among others. She is currently writing a book on the history of contestations over and transformation of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia.


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