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.

Tuğba’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 the leader of the Turkish team in European Commission-funded research project, “RELIGARE: Religious Diversity and Secular Models in Europe,” and 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.

Between 2005 and 2015, Tuğba was a lecturer at Middle East Technical University, where she was also the deputy director of the Center for Science and Society.

Tuğba 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, Balkan Insight, Kathimerini, Ahval, and Hürriyet Daily News, among others.

Twitter at @TurkishFacade

Education
B.A. and M.A. in Archaeology and Art History, Bilkent University; Ph.D. in Archaeology, Boston University

Regions of Expertise
Turkey

Issues of Expertise
Minority Rights, Heritage Policy, Cultural Diplomacy, Freedom of Religion or Belief, Intercommunal Conflict

Languages
Turkish

Contact Information

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Twitter Handle: @TurkishFacade