Emrah Yildiz is a Joint PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. He holds a BA in Anthropology and German Studies, and a MA in Cultural Anthropology from Wesleyan University, and an AM in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. He was a DAAD Research Fellow at the Institute for European Ethnology—Humboldt University in Berlin during the 2005-06 academic year, and a visiting doctoral research fellow at Bogazici University in Istanbul during the 2012-13 academic year. His dissertation research has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Die Zeit Stiftung Bucerius Fellowship in Migration Studies as well as by Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. His research interests include historiography and ethnography of borderlands, anthropology of Islam and pilgrimage, political economy and contraband commerce, as well as studies of gender and sexuality in the Middle East. He is a contributor to Counterpunch, Co-Editor of Jadaliyya’s Turkey Page, and co-editor of the collection “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey (2014).