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Deniz Duruiz, PhD

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Deniz Duruiz, PhD


Deniz Duruiz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University. Her research has focused on Kurdish migrant farmworkers and Syrian refugees in Turkey and in France. Between 2009-2016, she conducted twenty months of combined ethnographic research both in the hometowns of the migrant workers in Bakur (Northern Kurdistan) and in twelve different rural worksites (farms, greenhouses, charcoal production, public landscaping) in western Turkey. She also worked as a volunteer coordinator of international medical NGOs at the Syrian border of Turkey during the mass exodus of Syrian refugees into Turkey in 2014 and 2015. Presently, she is working on her book manuscript, which examines how political violence and the racialization of Kurds and Syrians transformed the migrant labor regime in rural Turkey. She is also working on a comparative ethnographic research project that explores the refugee experience in France and Canada with a focus on labor.


Before coming to Concordia, Duruiz worked as a visiting fellow at McGill University (2021-2022) and a visiting professor at the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University (Winter 2022). She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program at Northwestern University (2018-2021). She is the creator and the host of the Keyman Podcast and the co-organizer of The Colloquium on Refugees, Migrants and Statelessness at Northwestern University. She has a PhD in anthropology from Columbia University and graduate degrees both in sociology and in anthropology.

Her research and teaching interests include 

  • migration and refugees

  • ethnicity, race, and racialization

  • racial capitalism 

  • work and labor 

  • political economy of war and violence

  • gender and kinship 

  • psychoanalysis

  • affect theory

Teaching activities


SOCI/ANTH 498 Global Migrations and Immobilities (Fall 2022)

SOCI/ANTH 483 Nationalism and Racism (Winter 2023)

SOCI 622 Studies in Race and Ethnicity (Fall 2023)

SOCI 333 Political Sociology(Winter 2024)

SOCI/ANTH 230 Race and Ethnic Relations (Winter 2024)



2023                Duruiz, Deniz. Review of Gendered Fortunes: Divination, Precarity, and Affect in Postsecular Turkey, by Zeynep K. Korkman. American Anthropologist, October 9, 2023.        

2023                  Duruiz, Deniz. “I Would Have Recognized You from Your Smell”: Racialization of Kurdish Migrant Farmworkers in Western Turkey” 2023. Kurds in Dark Times: New Perspectives on Violence and Resistance eds. Ayça Alemdaroğlu and Müge Göçek, Syracuse University Press.

2022                 Duruiz, Deniz. Review of Sacrificial Limbs: Masculinity, Disability, and Political Violence in Turkey by Salih Can Açıksöz. Social Anthropology, March 3, 2022.

2021                “Erasure and Affect in Race-Making in Turkey” POMEPS Journal, September 2021

2020                “Tracing the Conceptual Genealogy of Kurdistan as an International Colony” Middle East Report 295 (Summer 2020)


2020                 “The Kurds: A Stateless People, Turkey’s Enemies, or the Colonized Other?”, Ethnographic Explainers, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review Online.


2015                  “Embodiment of Space and Labor: Kurdish Migrant Workers in Turkish Agriculture” in Spatial Dimensions of the Kurdish Issue in Turkey eds. Zeynep Gambetti and Joost Jongerden. Routledge. 2015. pp 289-309

2013                  “Seasonal farm workers: Pitiful Victims or Kurdish Laborers Demanding Equality (Part II)” Perspectives: Political Analyses and Commentary from Turkey. No.4 April 2013 pp. 44-50

2012                  “Seasonal farm workers: Pitiful Victims or Kurdish Laborers Demanding Equality (Part I)” Perspectives: Political Analyses and Commentary from Turkey. No.3 December 2012 pp. 32-37 

2009                  “Söke Ovası’nda Kimlik Müzakereleri” (Negotiations of Identity on the Söke Plain), Birikim, No.247, (2009) pp.74-8

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