I am a professor in the department of philosophy at Bilkent University. I work on the history of moral and political philosophy, ancient (Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics), Medieval (Heloise, Christine de Pizan), early modern (Cavendish) and Eighteenth Century (Wollstonecraft, Sophie de Grouchy, Olympe de Gouges, Marie-Jeanne Roland). I also work on contemporary social and political philosophy, with an emphasis on the capability approach and feminism. I am an active member of the Recovery Project and recently translated Sophie de Grouchy's Lettres sur la Sympathie into English.
I teach feminist philosophy, early modern, ethics, social and political philosophy, and have taught aesthetics, ancient philosophy, intro to philosophy. I aim in my teaching to present a less skewed view of what it is to be a philosopher by offering a more varied list of readings.
In September 2022 I received an Emma Goldman Snowball award from the Flax Foundation. Earlier I was the co-recipient, with Alan Coffee, KCL, of a Newton Mobility Fellowship, and of a Hypatia grant.
I am the co-founder of the Turkish-European Network for the Study of Women Philosophers and of SWIP-TR.
My latest research project is a philosophical study of domesticity, in which I review the arguments of women philosophers of the past in the hope that they will help answer pressing questions about the home and its work, or at least show that there are in fact rich and varied approaches to these questions. The project is summarized here, and I blog about it here.
I have also just completed another big project, an intellectual biography : Liberty in Their Names: Women Philosophers of the French Revolution, coming out with Bloomsbury in December 2022. Look here to find out about all the quirky bits of history I unearthed as I worked though this.