Danielle Schoon

Danielle Schoon

Danielle Schoon

Senior Lecturer, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures


371 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Rd.
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Turkish Studies
  • Romani Studies
  • Performance Studies


  • Dual Ph.D. in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Arizona, 2015
  • MA in Dance, UCLA, 2002

Danielle is a cultural anthropologist with interests in migration, performance, and the politics of identity. Her current research focuses on the 'politics of presence' for Roma ("Gypsies") in Turkey and Turkish migrants in Europe and the United States. Danielle frequently takes advantage of professional development opportunities to improve her teaching and is an advocate of active learning and community engagement.

Publication highlights

Schoon, Danielle V. and Funda Oral. 2018. “The Role of Communities of Practice in Urban Rights Activism in Istanbul, Turkey.” In Communities of Practice in Global Sustainability, Eds. Carl Maida and Sam Beck. Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Schoon, Danielle V. 2018. “Between Global Solidarity and National Belonging: The Politics of Inclusion for Romanlar in Turkey.” In Roma Activism: Reimagining Power and Knowledge, Eds. Sam Beck and Ana Ivasiuc. Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Schoon, Danielle van Dobben. 2014. “’Sulukule is the Gun and We are its Bullets’: Urban Renewal and Romani Identity in Istanbul.” CITY: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, Vol. 18, No. 6: 720-731. DOI: 10.1080/13604813.2014.962885

Angell, Elizabeth, Timur Hammond and Danielle van Dobben Schoon. 2014. “Istanbul Assemblages: Buildings and Bodies in a World City.” Introduction to Special Feature. CITY: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, Vol. 18, No.6.

Teaching subjects

Turkish Culture

Turkish Literature in Translation

Turkish Theatre, Music, and Dance

Contemporary Issues in Turkey

The Politics of Immigration; Sociology of Immigration

The Middle East Close Up

Technology and Global Society

Mediterranean Voyages

The Global Mediterranean

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