Publications, Grants, Awards and Honors

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Received a grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for the workshop, “Knowledge, Facts and Evidence in Anthropology in the Era of ‘Post-Truth,’” to take place over three days in August 2022 at Mount Holyoke.

Fellowship from the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) with support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the project “Oppressive Generosity, Compulsory Guesthood, and the Politics of Hospitality in Turkey.” The project is for six months.


Babul, E. M. (n.d.). Review Essay: Legal Occupations. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from

Babül, E., Davis, M. H., Barnes, J., & Lubin, A. (Eds.). (2021, August 4). Race-Legacies and Challenges. MERIP.

Alemdaroğlu, A. and Babül, E. (2021, February 23). Boğaziçi Resists Authoritarian Control of the Academy in TurkeyMiddle East Report Online.

Alemdaroğlu, A., Babül, E., Keshavarzian, A., Al-Tikriti, N. (eds.) (2020) Kurdistan, One and Many, Middle East Report 295 (Summer 2020).

Babül, E. (2020). Humanism in Ruins: Entangled Legacies of the Greek-Turkish Population Exchange. By Aslı Iğsız. Stanford: Stanford University Press. doi:10.1017/slr.2020.98

Babül, E. M. (2020). Radical once more: the contentious politics of human rights in Turkey. Social Anthropology, 28(1), 50–65. doi:

Babül, E. M. "Postscript to Training Bureaucrats, Practicing for Europe: Negotiating Bureaucratic Authority and Governmental Legitimacy in Turkey" PoLAR Virtual Edition. 2016.

Babül, E. M. "The Paradox of Protection:  Human Rights, the Masculinist State and the Moral Economy of Gratitude in Turkey"  American Ethnologist.  February 2015. 41(1):  116-130.

Babül, E. M. “Training Bureaucrats, Practicing for Europe: Constitutive Bureaucratic Imaginaries in Turkey” Political and Legal Anthropology Review. Spring 2012. 35(1):

Babül, E. M. “Smells Like Translation: An Introduction.” Middle East Section. Yasmin Moll. (ed.). Anthropology News. October 2011. 52(7): 41-42.

Babül, E. M. “Human Rights Translations: Reframing the Universal and the International for Bureaucracy in Turkey.” Middle East Section. Emilio Spadola. (ed.). Anthropology News. April 2010. 51(4): 41.

Babül, E. M. "Claiming a Place Through Memories of Belonging: Politics of Recognition on the Island of Imbros." New Perspectives on Turkey. No. 34 (2006): 47-65.


Babül's book Bureaucratic Intimacies (Stanford University Press, 2017) received an honorable mention in the 2019 Biennial Book Award given by the Middle East section of the American Anthropological Association.