Dr. Dilek Karal

Director - Nonresident Research Fellow

Dr. Dilek Karal is a sociologist and women rights activist focusing on immigration and gender studies. Karal worked among different immigrant groups in Turkey and in Ethiopia as a researcher and as a humanitarian worker. Karal received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, where she developed interests in social theory, migration studies, women studies, Turkish studies, sociology of nationalism and ethnicity. 

Karal authored Ethico-political Governmentality of Immigration and Asylum: The Case of Ethiopia in 2019 published by Palgrave Macmillan. Karal is also the author of two significant reports titled Violence against Women in Turkey (2012) and Women in Turkish Politics (2011).