Elif Sari

Elif Sari smiles slightly at the camera. She wears a black and white striped blazer over a white shirt, and her hair is short with an undercut.

Elif Sari is the Martha LA McCain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology (2021) at Cornell University with a minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Before coming to anthropology, she received an M.A. (2014) in Near Eastern Studies at New York University and a B.A. (2011) in Political Sciences and International Relations at Bogazici University in Turkey, where she was born and raised. Elif’s scholarship lies at the intersections of transnational sexualities, migration, asylum, waiting, humanitarianism, and queer and critical race theory with a specific focus on the Middle East and its diasporas as well as collaborative, multimodal, and social justice-oriented approaches to knowledge production. Since 2014, she works as a co-editor for the Turkey page at Jadaliyya, an independent e-zine that provides critical analysis and pedagogy on the most pressing issues related to the Middle East and North Africa. Elif will join the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia as an Assistant professor in Fall 2022. More information about Elif’s work can be found on her website.