I am a Ph.D. candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at Middle East Technical University. Also, I have been working English as a foreign language instructor at Kocaeli University since 2010. I received my B.A. degree on English Language and Literature at Ege University and M.A. degree on Comparative Literature at İstanbul Bilgi University.

I have been vastly interested in the nexus of migration and education, particularly for the processes and determinants of second language proficiency of newcomer students. I am currently conducting a cross-cultural comparative study on the language development of newcomer students in monolingual countries under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Hanife Akar (Middle East Technical University) and Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Ingrid Gogolin (Universität Hamburg). I am awarded to doctoral research grant by DAAD to conduct the Hamburg phase of the study.

My recent endeavors are learning German and playing piano.