Prof. Pelin Kadercan

History, Middle Eastern Studies, Cultural and
Diplomatic Relations, International Human Rights

Pelin Kadercan is a native of Istanbul, Turkey, and a historian of modern Europe and the Middle East with an interest in the histories of the relations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims in a global context. Her research and teaching interests lie in the broad fields of displacement, war and migration, human rights, a comparative history of education, history of music, and film.


She is currently working on a book on the émigré German and Jewish artists and musicians who fled Nazi Germany to Turkey in the 1930s. Examining the transnational encounters in music, visual arts, and humanities education, her research explores how the cross-territorial forces in the form of ideas and a real dialogue between multiple actors conditioned the nation-building processes as a dynamic space of decision-making.


Pelin received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Rochester, NY. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the European Union Institute of Marmara University and a B.A. degree in Psychology from Bogazici [Bosphorus] University in Istanbul.


Pelin has been a lecturer and visiting assistant professor at Brown University, a visiting lecturer at the University of Reading, UK, and a visiting professor at Bogazici University, Turkey. Her experience as a higher education professional in Turkey enabled her to have a comprehensive understanding of a broad range of matters in politics and education in the region.


Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of History and Government at Massasoit Community College, MA. She also chairs the Massasoit Film Society and writes on the topics of film and ethnic inequality in education.

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