Danielle Schoon

Postdoctoral Researcher in The Global Mediterranean

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. Forthcoming, 2019. “Closing Doors, Opening Windows: Urban Renewal and the Politics of Openness in Istanbul.” City and Society.

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

Education Abroad in Turkey

The Middle East in the Media

Ethnographies of Dance and Performance

Dance in Global Contexts

Pronoun preference


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

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