Past Appointments (Fellows & Researchers)

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Dr John McManus (Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2016-18). 
John McManus is a social anthropologist specialising in the study of sport, digital media and migration in Turkey and the Turkish-speaking diaspora. John received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2016. His thesis, entitled, Playing the game: a study of transnational Turkish football fans, imaginations and the internet was funded by an Economic and Social Research Council scholarship, and explores how the internet affects the generation of football fan clubs in the Turkish-speaking diaspora. During his BIAA Fellowship he completed the manuscript of a book exploring the history and culture of football in Turkey. The book, titled Welcome to Hell? In search of the Real Turkish football, was published by Orion Books in 2017.

Fields of Expertise: Popular Culture, Contemporary Turkey, Anthropology of Sport, Diaspora Studies

Dr Peter Cherry (Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2017-18). 
Peter Cherry is a comparative literature scholar, interested in questions of and intersections between gender, race, sexuality, and national and cultural identity in twentieth and twenty-first century British and Turkish literature, film and culture. Peter holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Edinburgh where his thesis, British Muslim Masculinities in Transcultural Literature and Film 1985-2012, examined constructions of masculinity in literature and film by British writers and filmmakers with a Muslim cultural heritage. His postdoctoral research at the BIAA explored the impact of the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and representations of post-Ottoman Turkish national and cultural identities in mid-twentieth century British literary and travel narratives. Following his BIAA fellowship, Peter was appointed Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature at the Department of Turkish Literature, Bilkent University.

Fields of Expertise: Comparative Literature, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Turkish and British Literature

Dr Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal (Postdoctoral Fellow 2014-15 &  Research Fellow and Co-ordinator of the 'From Enemies to Allies' Project 2015-17)
Daniel received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2014. His thesis, ‘Britain’s Levantine Empire, 1914-1923', compared the principle cities of the eastern Mediterranean’s experience of Allied occupation during and after the First World War. As the BIAA Postdoctoral Fellow 2014-15, Daniel organised the workshop Dark Histories: nighttime and nightlife in the Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Mediterranean.  After completing his Fellowship, Daniel stayed at the BIAA for two more years as a Research Fellow and Co-ordinator of the From Enemies to Allies project. After the succesful completion of 3 years at the institute he was appointed a Research Assistant Professor in the History Department at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Fields of Expertise: Contemporary Turkish History, Ottoman History

Dr Ender Peker (Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2016-17)
Ender is an urbanist specialising in climate responsive urban design, in particular the ways in which the built environment is co-produced by technical rules, regulations and codes that seek to order urban life in deference to inhabitants’ socio-ecologic values. Ender holds a PhD from the University of Reading, UK. His PhD research developed a design approach that integrates technical knowledge regarding climate sensitivity with the social knowledge generated within and by local communities. His BIAA research project focused on the challenges of climate responsive urban development in the context of Black Sea Climate through a case study of Rize, a typical Black Sea city challenged with frequent urban flooding events.

Fields of Expertise: Climate Responsive Design, Urban Design, Socio-Technical Research

Dr Elisabetta Costa (Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2015-16).

Elisabetta Costa is an anthropologist specialising in the study of digital media, social media, journalism, politics and gender in Turkey and the Middle East. Elisabetta was awarded a PhD by the University of Milan-Bicocca in June 2011. She joined the BIAA in 2015 after working on a comparative research project based at the UCL Department of Anthropology, the Global Social Media Impact Study ( This project aimed at understanding the impact of social media on the world population. In this role, she carried out 15 months ethnography in Mardin, a medium-sized town in south-east Turkey, focusing especially on the impact of social media on politics, gender, kinship and intimate relations. During her Fellowship Elisabetta completed her monograph Social media in south-east Turkey, and edited the volume How the world changed social media.  Following her BIAA Fellowship Elisabetta was appointed Assistant Professor at the Department of Media Studies and Journalism at the University of Groningen.

Fields of Expertise: Social & Cultural Anthropology, Contemporary Turkey

B. Nilgün Öz (BIAA-RCAC Fellow 2015-16), is a conservation architect (METU BArch; METU MSc Historic Preservation) and has worked in the heritage conservation field on various projects across Turkey. She has undertaken fieldwork at several sites, including Magnesia, Nysa, Çaltılar Höyük, Yalburt, and Gre-Amer Höyük. In 2010-11, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, UK. She is a PhD candidate at METU Historic Preservation Programme. As the BIAA-RCAC Fellow, she focused on preparing a values-based and community-focused management plan for Çaltılar Höyük and its environs, a mound located in the Seydikemer district of Muğla Province.

Fields of Expertise:  Archaeology and Anthropology, Cultural Heritage Management

Dr Orlene McIlfatrick (2014-15 Postdoctoral Fellow).
Orlene graduated in 2013 with a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh, specialising in ceramics analysis. During her time at the BIAA she worked on X-Ray Fluorescence analysis of ceramic fabrics and paint pigments from two sites and several surveys in Central Anatolia, with a project entitled ‘Exploring themes of continuity, movement and interaction in the Iron Age of Central Anatolia: utilising a distribution analysis of Iron Age painted pottery types within the Kızılırmak bend’. She also organized a PXRF workshop in partnership with the JIAA at Kaman in May 2015. She is currently a freelance PXRF specialist for metals and ceramic materials, working on several projects in Turkey and Bulgaria, including 3 projects directly supported by the BIAA.

Fields of Expertise: Archaeology, Ceramics Research

Dr Catherine Draycott (PostDoctoral Fellow 2013-14).
Catherine completed her DPhil on funerary art in the non-Greek speaking areas of Western Anatolia at Oxford in 2007.  She has worked at a number of sites in Turkey, including Kerkenes Dağ, Zincirli and Çaltılar, and co-authored a monograph on important sculptural finds from the first. While at the BIAA she worked on several publications, including a large edited volume on the depiction of banquets in tomb art, book reviews, and an article on the appearance of new buildings called 'heroa' at Xanthos in Lycia in the mid-5th century BC (published in Anatolian Studies 2015).  Following her BIAA fellowship, Catherine was appointed Lecturer in Classical Archaeology in the Archaeology Department at Durham University.

Fields of Expertise: Archaeology, History of Art

Dr Sophie Moore (Postdoctoral Fellow 2013-14).
Sophie is an archaeologist who gained her PhD from Newcastle University in 2013, with a thesis entitled 'A Relational Approach to Byzantine Mortuary Practices within Medieval Anatolia'. Her postdoctoral work at the BIAA focused on the historic cemeteries of Çatalhöyük, which the BIAA has continued to support through an SRI grant entitled ‘The cemeteries of Çatalhöyük from Christianity to Islam: constructing memory, burying the dead and knowing God’. During 2016-17 she was Postdoctoral Research Associate in Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University.

Fields of Expertise: Archaeology, Byzantine Archaeology 

Dr Stella Souvatzi (BIAA-RCAC Fellow 2013-14).
Stella holds a PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of Cambridge, is the author of A Social Archaeology of Households in Neolithic Greece, An Anthropological Approach (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and co-editor of Space and Time in Mediterranean Archaeology (Routledge, 2013). Her BIAA-RCAC project focused on comparative research of Neolithic sites and landscapes in Turkey and Greece as means for the constant formulation of identities in the past and the present, as constructed in the realms of cultural heritage, and the relationship between the two.

Fields of Expertise: Prehistoric Archaeology

Dr Emma L Baysal (Postdoctoral Fellow 2012-13).
Emma completed her PhD in prehistoric archaeology at the University of Liverpool in 2010. She is a specialist in prehistoric personal ornaments and works at a number of sites in Turkey researching and publishing assemblages dating from the Epipalaeolithic to the Early Bronze Age. Her research interests include the technologies of ornament manufacture, long distance contacts and craft specialisation in prehistory. During her fellowship at the BIAA she worked on a project investigating the dynamics of marginality – the exchange of ideas / construction of borders in prehistory. She also co-organised the workshop Bordered Places | Bounded Times with Dr Leonidas Karakatsanis. She is currently a lecturer in Prehistory in the Archaeology department at Trakya University, Edirne.

Fields of Expertise: Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

Dr Leonidas Karakatsanis (BIAA Postdoctoral Fellow 2012-13 & Project Fellow 2014-15).
Leonidas holds a PhD in Ideology and Discourse Analysis from the University of Essex, and has been the BIAA Assistant Director since September 2015. During his 2012-13 BIAA Postdoctoral Fellowship he revised, completed and published his first monograph titled: Turkish-Greek relations: rapprochement, civil society and the politics of friendship as part of the Routledge Advances in Mediterranean studies series. Together with Dr Emma Baysal he co-organised the workshop Bordered Places | Bounded Times. During his 2014-5 fellowship as part of the project 'Divisions, Connections and Movement: Rethinking Regionality' he worked on the organisation of the conferences Pathways of communication and In motion and prepared a number of research articles and edited volumes.

Fields of Expertise: Contemporary Turkey, Political Science, Anthropology

Dr Özge Dilaver (2012-15 Balkan Futures Research Fellow).
Özge holds a PhD in Management (Economics and Management Science) from Lancaster University Management School. She has worked on models of innovation, cities and macroeconomics. During her Balkan Futures Fellowship she investigated cross-border flows between Istanbul and Thessaloniki with grounded simulation. Özge also runs a networking project called Constructed Complexities that explore connections between social constructionism and complexity theory.

Fields of Expertise: Contemporary Turkey & Balkans, Agent-based Macroeconomics

Dr Elena Magdalena Craciun (Postdoctoral Fellow 2011–12)

Magda Holds a PhD in Anthropology from UCL with a thesis titled 'An ethnography of fake brands in Turkey and Romania’. During her fellowship she completed her monograph Material Culture and Authenticity. Fake Branded Fashion in Europe (Bloomsbury 2014).

Fields of Expertise: Contemporary Turkey, Social & Cultural Anthropology

Dr Christoph Bachuber (Postdoctoral Fellow 2009–10).

Dr Peter Popkin (Postdoctoral Fellow 2008-09).
Peter received his PhD in archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London with a thesis titled: ‘The Society and Economy of Iron Age Transjordan: A Contextual Zooarchaeological Analysis.’ His postdoctoral research project at the BIAA was entitled ‘Empire Collapse and Subsistence Practices: Tracking Changes in Animal Management from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age at Kilise Tepe.’ While at the BIAA, Peter organised a workshop entitled 'sheep and goat identification, analysis and interpretation' that focused on sheep and goat morphology, ageing, sexing, metrical analysis and management practices, including domestication. Peter is currently a Senior Archaeologist with Golder Associates Ltd.

Fields of Expertise: Archaeology, Zooarchaeology

Dr Georgia Petridou (Postdoctoral Fellow 2007–08).
Georgia Petridou’s primary areas of specialisation are Greek literature, Greek and Roman religion and Greek and Roman Medicine.. Utterly fascinated by ancient religious and philosophical ideas and practices, she has been working on the concept of ‘divine epiphany’ in Greek literature and culture. Her monograph on the topic, Divine Epiphany in Greek Literature and Culture, was published by OUP in 2015. During her BIAA research fellowship Georgia worked on a superb corpus of inscriptions from the Greek mainland and Asia Minor (mainly Hellenistic and Imperial), where divine epiphanies of local deities are accounted for, especially in a political and military context. Aspects of that research project appeared as part of a 2009 article in Anatolian Studies 59 in which she offers an interpretation of foot-shaped monuments of the imperial age discovered in Pisidia (by setting them in the wider context of similar finds that come from all around the Mediterranean basin). She is currently a Lecturer in Ancient Greek History at the  University of Liverpool.

Fields of Expertise: Greek literature, Greek and Roman religion & Medicine, Visual Culture

Dr Tristan Carter (Postdoctoral Fellow 2006-07).
Tristan Carter had already been associated with the BIAA since 1999, through his involvement with the Çatalhöyük Research Project, the Göbekli Tepe excavations, and Anatolian obsidian sources. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the BIAA, he focused on MBA relations between the elites of Crete (First Palace eriod) and central Anatolia (so-called 'Assyrian Trade Colonies' period), and the processes of Neolithisation from the Levant to the Aegean. Socio-economic interaction in all cases was investigated through 'thick description' obsidian characterisation studies.

Fields of Expertise: Archaeology, Neolithic Period

Can Erimtan (Postdoctoral Fellow 2004–2005); Andrew Peacock (Postdoctoral Fellow 2003–2004); Luke Lavan (Postdoctoral Fellow 2002–2003); Vicky Ioannidou (Postdoctoral Fellow 2001–2002); Matthew Elliot  (Postdoctoral Fellow 2000–2001)

Alan Greaves (Postdoctoral Fellow 1999-2000).
During his BIAA Fellowship, Alan Greaves worked to convert his thesis ‘A Socio-Economic History of Miletos to the end of the Archaic Period’ into a monograph, published in 2002 and now translated into Turkish. He also wrote several articles, attended conferences and excavated at Miletos, where he was field director for the Bronze Age excavations at the Temple of Athena site.

Fields of Expertise: Archaeology, Archaic Period

Gareth Darbyshire  (Postdoctoral Fellow  1998-1999); Mark Nesbitt  (Postdoctoral Fellow 1997-1998)


Sergio Giuseppe Russo
(Research Assistant 2018, Digital Repository Office Assistant January-July 2019). After completing his Master’s degree in Archaeology, Sergio was appointed as the Institute’s Research Scholar in early 2018 and as Repository Assistant within the newly established Digital Repository Office till summer 2019.  Main tasks included the re-organisation of the collections database, assisting the director, the assistant director and the digital repository manager, and editing audio-visual materials of the Institute’s activities. During his time in Ankara, he secured a funded PhD position at the Department of Archaeology and King’s College, University of Cambridge, with a proposal on Network Analysis in the Ancient Near East during the Middle Bronze Age. 

Jamie Redfern
Research Scholar 2017) completed his MA in Archaeology at the University of Liverpool in September 2016. His thesis examined the emergence of personal identity and social differentiation in the early Neolithic through burials in Central Anatolia and the Northern Levant. He has excavated for multiple seasons at Boncuklu Höyük, with a specific focus on burial assemblages. His research interests include the Neolithic of Central Anatolia, behavioural changes in the Neolithic, burial practices, and changes in the social ordering of communities during the Neolithic transition. He is currently researching the emergence of household autonomy in the pre-pottery Neolithic of the Konya plain based on the ordering of ‘special’ events.
William Lewis
Research Scholar 2016), an ancient historian (BA Oxford), joined the BIAA after completing a Master’s degree at Cardiff University, with a thesis titled ‘Dynastic Legitimacy in the Reign of Constantius II’. His research interests are focused on the Roman Empire in the fourth century and in particular the last generation of the Constantinian Dynasty. During his BIAA scholarship he secured a funded PhD post at Cardiff University where he will continue his study on the interactions between political and ecclesiastical networks in Anatolia under Constantius II.
Michele Massa
(Research Scholar 2014-2015 & Research Assistant 2010-2011) was appointed as a Research Scholar in 2014, and continued the Institute’s digitisation project as well as working on his PhD, which was awarded by University College London in 2016, with a dissertation on the analysis of mechanisms of exchange in Early Bronze Age Anatolia. During his scholarship he also worked as a co-editor and a map specialist for the publication of Pathways of communication: routes and roads in Anatolia from prehistory to Seljuk times. His interests include funerary archaeology, palaeoclimate, study of social complexity and archaeo-metallurgy.
Matthew Tanton
(Research Scholar 2013-2014). Following the completion of an MA in Byzantine History at King’s College London, Matthew was awarded the position of Research Scholar in 2014. During his time in Ankara he re-organised the archive system of the BIAA slides, assisted the director and assistant director, and prepared his PhD proposal on the Empire of Trebizond. Following his return to the UK he subsequently secured full AHRC funding to pursue his doctorate at King’s College London. His doctoral research focuses on a comparison of the political ideologies of the Empires of Nicaea and Trebizond in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries
Martina Massimino
(2015 Research Scholar), started her PhD at Durham University in October 2014 with a project which aims to investigate the regional patterns of demand and modes of use of metalwork across the Ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean from the Late Chalcolithic through the Early Bronze Age (ca. 4000-2000 BC). Her research interests include ancient metallurgy, the social and anthropological context of production, and the modes of inter-regional connection and exchange of knowledge and practical skills.
Riley Snyder
(Research Assistant 2012-2013). In early 2012, Riley Snyder was appointed as the Institute’s Research Assistant, with duties including the digitisation of the institute’s extensive photographic and ceramic collections. During this time, he also completed, submitted, and successfully defended his doctoral thesis in archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. After leaving the Institute in 2013, he took up a fellowship at the University of Bologna and is now working on the Leverhulme-funded project ‘Engineering the Water Supply of Constantinople’ at the University of Edinburgh.
Kaitlyn Pieper
(Research Scholar 2013). Kaitlyn received her BA from Brigham Young University in Comparative Literature, and her MA was completed at SOAS, with an emphasis on Russian and Persian literary traditions. During her time at the BIAA, Kaitlyn created an online database that details all research undertaken under the auspices of the BIAA between 1947 and 2012.
Benjamin Irvine
(Research Scholar 2012). After completing an undergraduate degree in Archaeology and Ancient History and an MSc in Human Osteoarchaeology at the University of Edinburgh, Benjamin worked at the BIAA in 2012 as a Research Scholar. During his time at the Institute he contributed to the digitisation of the extensive pottery collection as well as assisting the Director. As a result of his time at the Institute and the contacts made he was able to embark on a PhD project at the Freie Universitat Berlin. Since concluding his position he has continued to interact with the BIAA and was invited to give a talk in early 2015 on the preliminary results of his doctoral research.
Lucy Bennison-Chapman
(Research Scholar 2011-2012). Lucy spent three months based at the BIAA, in order to carry out research for her PhD thesis. The study grant gave time and facilities to focus on the Anatolian aspect of her thesis, researching the origins of the appearance, and the function of small, geometric shaped clay objects, or “tokens” in Neolithic Anatolia. Lucy’s time was mostly spent analysing, interpreting and writing up data collected over two seasons of fieldwork at Boncuklu Höyük and Çatalhöyük, as well acquiring new data sources. Lucy graduated from the University of Liverpool in July 2015, and has since become Assistant Professor of Prehistory in the Archaeology Department at Bülent Ecevit University, Zonguldak.
Anna Collar (2009)      Janine Su (2008)       Toby Wilkinson (2007)    Rachel Fenton (2005-2006)   Kirsi Lorentz (2005)